Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday placed himself at the disposal of the party ahead of elections in five states, amid turmoil within the 135-year-old outfit that has pitted apparent dissenters like him against the Gandhis and their loyalists.
“We will be going to campaign for the party and candidates in the five states. That is the priority and to ensure the win of the Congress. This I am saying on behalf of my colleagues in the party,” he said, in reference to the 23-odd leaders who have called for reforms and have been dubbed “G-23”.
“Wherever the candidate or party whomsoever calls us to campaign… for the next two months that will be our focus,” Mr Azad said.
The 71-year-old reiterated that his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that were seen as praise and renewed the row with Congress were misunderstood. “I did not praise the PM there was a context to it,” he said.