Former union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today explained why Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke down in tears during his farewell speech at the end of Mr Azad’s Rajya Sabha term last year. Tears have been in the news again since Mr Azad left Congress last week.
“Read what he said. Prime Minister Modi was not talking about being sad when I left the House. He was talking about an event,” Mr Azad said.
“Some tourists from Gujarat were killed in a grenade attack in Kashmir (2006) when I was chief minister there. Modi sahbThe chief minister of Gujarat called my office. But I choked and cried at the brutality of the killing. I can’t talk to him. When my staff brought the phone close to me, he heard my cry,” he recalls.
The attack took place in Srinagar on 25 May 2006, killing four tourists and injuring six others.
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“Mr Modi kept calling my office for updates. Later, when I sent off the two planes with the bodies and the wounded, the families of the victims were devastated. I also started crying. It also appeared on TV. He called but I couldn’t speak again,” he said.
Mr Azad has been facing charges in Congress – he is controlled by the BJP – since he left the party after five years of association, casting Serious slander of its leader Rahul Gandhi.
“I used to think Modi sahb Must be a rude person,” Mr Azad added, speaking to reporters about the crying incident, “I thought he wouldn’t care…because he didn’t have a wife or any children. But, at least, he showed humanity. “
PM Modi addresses Mr Azad’s farewell ceremony February 2021 from Rajya Sabha. (file photo)
Earlier, in an interview with NDTV, Mr Azad said he was one of the senior Congress leaders who did not agree to use the slogan “Chowkidar Hi Chor”, which was raised by Rahul Gandhi against PM Modi ahead of the 2019 election. Hai”. The elders, he said, support a policy-based opposition to Prime Minister Modi – who calls himself a “chowkidar” or watchman of the country – but they cannot use words such as “chor” (thief) against the prime minister . “That’s not our culture,” he said.
Regarding his current plans, he announced that he would not do any business with the BJP.he emphasized his announcing the formation of its own political party – Elections may be held early next year, starting with Jammu and Kashmir.
Citing ideological differences, he said the BJP and he had “different voting banks” so there was “no question” of cooperation.