While expressing satisfaction over his party’s position in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Prof Saif-u-Din Soz, president Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), MP and former union minister on Friday said the party is scheduled to organize a series of public rallies in the state which will be attended by senior Congress leaders including Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Prof Soz made it clear that he and Mr Azad are on the same page when it comes to party activities in the state. “I want to make it clear to the people that I and Azad sahib are on the same page and all the workers and party supporters shall work jointly to strengthen the party in nook and corner of the state,” Prof Soz told KNS.
He said the party is scheduled to hold big public rallies in coming days in both Jammu and Srinagar. “Congress has emerged a vibrant force to reckon with in the state. Now in order to strengthen its further, I will invite Ms Ambika Soni, party incharge for Jammu and Kashmir affairs and Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad the union health minister to attend these public rallies in near future.”
The PCC president told KNS that after a successful public mobilization drive by his party at Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu province, he wants to expedite the mass contact programmes in other regions of the state. “Although we were already on the job, but since Mr Rahul Gandhi AICC vice president while lauding the Aam Admi Party debut win laid impetus on public contact programmes, I thought we should get closer to people in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said it is a matter of satisfaction that there is no Modi factor not to talk of Modi wave as was being propagated by BJP. “Had there been any Modi factor, the BJP could have formed the government in Delhi. However, this factor has played a little role in Rajasthan. We are discussing why our party suffered a setback in the recent elections in three out of five states where election results were declared recently. Nevertheless, it is a temporary retard, which can not affect a national level party like Congress.”
Pertinently, the Congress has already geared up its public mobilization programmes in view of forthcoming parliamentary and assembly elections. As a part of this programmes, Prof Soz recently concluded his tour to different areas of Jammu province where public participation was significant.
“There will be no Modi factor in Jammu despite the gimmicks and cards played by him and his party during his recent visit to the city. People are politically mature and they realize that Modi will invite fascism in the country which is known for its democratic and secular ethos. On the other I am of the firm belief that Congress will emerge as a largest political party across the country in coming elections. And same hold true for Jammu and Kashmir.”