Azad, Soz on Congress election panel for J&K
Both factions in Jammu and Kashmir Congress have been accommodated in the Election Committee for the state announced ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls next year.
New Delhi: Both factions in Jammu and Kashmir Congress have been accommodated in the Election Committee for the state announced ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls next year.
The committee, to be headed by J&K Congress president Saifuddin Soz, includes his known detractor and Union Cabinet minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Congress Legislature Party leader Chaudhary Mohammad Aslam, who has been ailing for some time, and former J&K deputy chief minister Tara Chand have also been included in the 12-member committee.
While Lok Sabha polls are due by May, Assembly elections in J&K are scheduled by the end of next year.
A National Conference-Congress alliance is in power in J-K with Omar Abdullah leading the government since it came to power after elections in December, 2008.
But a section of the party is said to be critical of National Conference.
Congress also constituted seven-member coordination committees for Himachal Pradesh and J&K. The general secretary in-charge for party affairs in the two states, Ambika Soni, is on both panels.
In J&K, the committee has Soz as its convener and includes Aslam, among others.
In Himachal, the panel includes Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu.
Congress also announced the formation of disciplinary committees for both states.