Congress high command has ‘empowered’ its J&K party president, Saif-ud-Din Soz to narrow down the differences between ‘different factions’ within Pradesh congress.
Party sources said that Soz have been told to initiate measures that would narrow down the gap between the loyalists and the dissidents in the state unit of the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir.
State congress has at least two groups which are working without taking one another into confidence.
Party sources said that in the wake of fresh instructions from the high command Soz has decided to convene a Panchayat Conferences in Kashmir for which he would invite the AICC general secretary, Rahul Ganhi, the union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who heads the dissidents,and Mohan Prakash,Congress incharge for Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said that it would be the first step on the part of Soz to bridge the gulf with the dissidents by inviting Azad to a conference organized by the PCC. Earlier the PCC leadership would not invite Azad and his supporters in the Congress to meetings and rallies organized by Soz supporters.
Another direction issued to Soz is to avoid making any firm commitment on the alliance between the Congress and the NC during the next Assembly election. Accordingly, Soz has stated that the issue of keeping the alliance intact during the next Assembly election had to be decided by the Congress high command.
“This indicates that the Congress has not closed its option for reframing its alliance with the PDP” sources said.