Highlights:

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad does not see the grand old party winning 300 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections
  • He made the remark while addressing a rally in Pooch district
  • Azad had demanded political parties to establish an environment in the state where people start believing that the election can be conducted

On Wednesday, Ghulam Nabi Azad who is a senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir expressed that he does not see the grand old party winning 300 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Voicing on reversing the decision of the government on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad mentioned that only the Supreme Court can take such a decision or Congress has to come to power with nearly 300 plus seats, which he does not see happening. However, he added that he prays that Congress wins more than 300 seats. He made the remarks while addressing a rally in Pooch district.

The former chief minister cited, “Only Supreme Court can decide on Article 370. Besides the apex court, only the ruling government can do it. The current government has abrogated it, how will they do it? And I cannot assure you that Congress will win 300 seats in the 2024 elections. I pray that Congress wins 300 seats but I don’t see that happening now.”

Previously, Azad had demanded political parties to establish an environment in the state that the people start believing that the election can be conducted and political process can be organized. He added that he will not speak against any party at present as it is not the environment in the state where one party can speak against one another.

The senior Congress leader stated, “Usually, Union territories are upgraded to State. But in our case, a State was downgraded to UT. It’s like demoting DGP to the post of Thanedaar (SHO), CM to MLA and chief secretary to Patwari. No wise man can do this.”

In 2019, the central government had abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. The government remarked that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir will be restored at an appropriate time.

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