Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday resigned from all posts of the party

Ghulam Nabi Azad has sent his 5-page resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

He recounted his long association with the party and his close relationship with Indira Gandhi.

He started his political career as a member of the Congress party and was elected to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in 1980 from the Banihal constituency.

He served as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare in the state government from 1987 to 1990.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1992 and served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House from 1996 to 1998.

He served as the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2008.

He is also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor.