JAMMU: Members of the Congress on Tuesday burnt an effigy of senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to protest against his “anti-party activities” and for “praising” Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the party’s G23 event in Jammu.
The gathering that was addressed in Jammu by Azad and Kapil Sibal with other senior G23 leaders was organised by the ‘Gandhi Global Family’ whose chairman is Ghulam Nabi Azad. Apart from the G23 leaders, no Congress party leader was invited.
Azad met the party workers from different districts in the Valley where he stated, “People must learn from Narendra Modi, who despite becoming the Prime Minister, hasn’t forgotten his roots. He proudly calls himself a ‘chai-wala’. Though I have serious political differences with Narendra Modi, the PM is a very grounded being.”
Visuals surfaced on social media where Congress workers were seen raising slogans against Azad and burning his effigies in Jammu city. The protesting workers reportedly said that the party held Azad in high esteem, “but today when it’s time to support it, he forged a friendship with the BJP.”
Earlier in February, before his farewell in the Rajya Sabha, Azad while speaking during the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, said that Modi was the only person who can find a solution to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress veteran also congratulated the Modi government for conducting District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir successfully.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal said he was saddened by the decision to allow party veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad to retire from Parliament and that the Congress could have used his experience better. “He (Azad) is one such leader who knows the ground reality of Congress in every district of every state. We were saddened when we realised that he is being freed from Parliament. We didn’t want him to go from Parliament.”