Yet another leader of the Congress has quit the party to join the Trinamool Congress. A member of the 1983 cricket World Cup-winning squad, Kirti Azad was suspended from the BJP for openly targeting the then Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities and corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association in December 2015. He had then joined the Congress in 2018.
Elected to the Lok Sabha thrice from Darbhanga in Bihar, Azad had contested the 2014 general elections on a BJP ticket. With his decision of quitting Congress for Mamta Banerjee’s party, he has added his name to a number of leaders who have done so in recent times.
Ashok Tanwar, who was once considered close to senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, was an MP from Sirsa during 2009-2014 and also the president of the party’s Haryana unit. He quit the Congress days before the Haryana Assembly elections in October 2019. He launched his own party, Apna Bharat Morcha, in February this year.
Pavan Varma, a former advisor to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, was expelled from the ruling JD(U) in 2020.
He was an MP until July 2016. He was also the national general secretary and spokesperson of the JD(U).
With the assembly polls coming up in various states, leaders quitting the party one after the other has become a point of grim consideration for the higher authorities in Congress Party.