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Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad is the Congress party's leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. He was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister of India in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh until 27 October 2005, when he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir -- he became the first Congress chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after 30 years. He also served as the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare from 2009 to 2014.
 
Azad entered politics in 1973 -- at the age of 24. Since then, he has been chosen as the AICC General Secretary for nine times and has been a member of the Congress Working Committee for over 18 years. Currently, he is the MP of Rajya Sabha for Jammu and Kashmir -- from where Azad got re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2015, despite the PDP-BJP alliance holding a majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly.
 
He is often considered as the 'crisis manager' of his party, and is known for his organisational skills. As the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Azad has been at the fore-front of many attacks the Opposition has mounted on the BJP on various issues.

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