- This move by Anand Sharma is being seen as a major setback for the Congress.
- He will continue to campaign for party candidates in the state: Anand Sharma
- Sharma was appointed as the chairman of the party’s steering committee on 26 April.
Himachal Pradesh: Ahead of the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Sunday stepped down as chairman of the party’s state steering committee. His move is seen as a major setback for the Congress. According to sources, Sharma is believed to have said in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that her self-respect “cannot be compromised” and that she has resigned as chairman of the party’s Himachal unit steering committee.
Earlier this manager had also resigned
Before senior leader Anand Sharma, another G-23 group leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has resigned from the post of chairman of the Congress Election Campaign Committee in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma has told the Congress Speaker that he has been overlooked in the consultation process. However, he has assured that he will continue to campaign for party candidates in the state. Sharma, a former Union minister and Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, was appointed as the chairman of the party’s Himachal Pradesh steering committee on April 26. Azad and Sharma, both prominent leaders of the G23 group, have not shied away from criticizing the party leadership’s decisions.
“My self-esteem has been hurt”
This group, comprising several veteran leaders including Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Manish Tewari, is pushing for proper conduct of elections right from the block to the Central Working Committee (CWC) level. Sharma, one of the senior most leaders of Himachal Pradesh, in his letter to the Congress president has reportedly said that his self-respect has been hurt as he was not consulted or invited to any party meeting. Sharma had contested the assembly elections for the first time in 1982. In 1984, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent him to the Rajya Sabha. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since then and has held several key posts in the party.
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