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At least 20 Congress leaders of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit have resigned from their positions, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.

Those who quit are considered to be close to senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. They have been demanding a change in the party’s leadership in the Union Territory. The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress is headed by Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

Those who have resigned include former ministers Vikar Rasool, GM Saroori and Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, former legislators Naresh Gupta, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Subash Gupta and Mohammad Amin Bhat, Vice President of the Jammu and Kashmir unit Anwar Bhat and member of Kulgam District Development Council Anyatullah Rather.

Monga and Rasool confirmed to The Indian Express that they have sent their resignation letters to the party’s central leadership.

“We had been told that he [Mir] is being appointed for a period of three years, but it has been seven years now,” Rasool told the newspaper. “However, we have told the [Congress] high command that we will not hold any party position if there is no change in the party leadership in Jammu and Kashmir.”

In their resignation letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Rajni Patil, who is in charge of…

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