A day after G-23 meet, Ghulam Nabi Azad lauds PM Modi, says ‘he doesn’t cover his true self’


Veteran Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that “he does not hide his true self”.

“I like a lot of things about many leaders. I am from village and feel proud. Even our Prime Minister hails from village and used to sell tea. Although we are political rivals, I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self,” Azad mentioned whereas addressing a gathering in Jammu.

“Those who do, are living in a bubble,” added Azad, who retired from the Rajya Sabha on February 15.

His feedback got here a day after a gaggle of senior social gathering leaders, who’ve been demanding sweeping reforms within the Congress, reiterated their name for a change at a joint public occasion in Jammu.

Azad, who returned to home floor Jammu and Kashmir after greater than a yr, had mentioned he could have retired from the Upper House of Parliament however was not retiring from politics. He was among the many 23 senior leaders who had written to Sonia final yr looking for widespread reforms within the social gathering.

The occasion was attended by leaders similar to Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Manish Tewari, Raj Babbar and Vivek Tankha. It was organised by the Gandhi Global Family, an organisation headed by Azad.

Sharma and Sibal had mentioned that the Congress was getting weakened, with Sibal questioning why the Congress had not seen it match to utilise the expertise of a frontrunner like Azad and let him retire from the Rajya Sabha.

Countering the group of leaders, the Congress had responded by saying it might be higher if the leaders as an alternative campaigned within the Assembly election-bound states to strengthen the social gathering’s arms.

Interestingly, PM Modi had given Azad a tearful farewell earlier this month within the Rajya Sabha. The Prime Minister broke down a number of occasions throughout his 13-minute speech, as he recalled his shut association with Azad. “At a personal level, I would request him to not consider that he is not in the House. My door is always open for all of you… I will always expect, and value, your views,” Modi had mentioned. “I will not let you retire,” he had instructed the Congress veteran.

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Azad had additionally turned emotional throughout his response. He mentioned the BJP has at all times been a part of “nationalist politics”, and he felt “proud” that he was a “Hindustani Muslim”. While he didn’t point out the abrogation of Article 370 in J&Okay, he sought to attract consideration to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. Addressing Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Azad mentioned: “Both of you are sitting here. Build the homes which were uprooted, we will all have to try for this”.