Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, denied rumours of his potential appointment as Lieutenant Governor, emphasising his focus on serving the people.
Former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, dismissed the speculations regarding the possibility of his appointment as the Lieutenant Governor as just “rumours”.
Azad said he was neither looking for employment nor interested in becoming the Lieutenant Governor. He added that he wants to serve the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
"I will request people not to trust the rumour mills, which are working in overdrive. There is a fresh rumour here that Ghulam Nabi Azad is going to be the next LG. I have not come (to JK) looking for a job; I want to serve the people," Azad said at a public rally on Sunday.
Azad, who left the Congress and formed a new political party, Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP), said some people were trying to give the impression that he was looking for rehabilitation. Speaking at a party function, he also refuted the criticism that he returned to JK politics at the behest of the BJP.
In the past few days, social media has been abuzz with speculation that Azad might be named as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory.
Addressing a public rally, Azad further said unemployment and inflation were two main problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, and called for immediate measures to address them.
"Unemployment is on the rise. There are no jobs. The government is advertising posts, but interviews are not held. Educated youth have no jobs, and their parents have exhausted their savings on their education,” the former chief minister said.
Commenting on the abrogation of Article 370, which took away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said it was a "great mistake."
"In the last nine years, another great mistake was made - Article 370 and Article 35A were removed. This mistake pushed us further back. There was uncertainty about whether the land would stay with us or not," he added.
Ghulam Nabi Azad served as the Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir from 2005 to 2008. He also served as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from 2014 to 2021.