Outcast by the Gandhi household, Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad was seen taking one other step in a course that may carry him a lot nearer to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering. In what seemed to be a uncommon event, the Modi authorities rolled out the pink carpet for Azad on Saturday whereas inviting him to a gala cultural occasion organized by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Colourful posters and banners of the Congressional stalwart have been positioned all through the Ambedkar Worldwide Middle, the venue of the occasion, the place Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Minister of State (unbiased cost) Jitendra Singh welcomed the veteran Congressman, who He was lately praised for his political potential by Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the farewell speech of outgoing MPs on the Rajya Sabha.
Saturday’s occasion was the second such incident in a collection through which the Modi authorities praised Azad, who to this point is considered as a dissident by Rahul Gandhi’s camp.
As soon as staunchly loyal to Rajiv Gandhi, Azad didn’t obtain one other time period within the Higher Home. A number of days in the past, Mallikarjun Kharge, thought-about near the Gandhi household, was appointed chief of the opposition in Rajya Sabha as a substitute of Azad.
Posters of a congressional chief at an occasion organized by the Modi authorities have been seen for the primary time within the nationwide capital. The viewers on the Ambedkar Middle was stunned to see Azad sitting subsequent to Jitendra Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the entrance row of the VVIP. By the best way, Singh and Azad come from Jammu and Kashmir.
The occasion entitled “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat”, a ‘Mushaira’ (Urdu poetry recital) organized by the federal government, formally acknowledged Azad as a visitor of honor. Most Urdu poets, together with Waseem Barelvi, a widely known persona within the Urdu literary world, additionally praised the chief of the Congress. A number of different poets additionally talked about Azad’s identify on the dais and gave him their poetic recitals.
Whereas Congress has not given Azad any main accountability since he withdrew from the Rajya Sabha, Saturday’s Mushaira is now seen as an occasion that seems to have introduced Azad nearer to the BJP.
“Azad Sahab is a real statesman, he could possibly be the face of the BJP within the Valley within the close to future. An individual like him instructions respect in all events,” stated a BJP official current within the auditorium.
Earlier on February 9, Prime Minister Modi tearfully stated goodbye to the congressional veteran, saying that he revered Azadji as a “true good friend” and wouldn’t let him retire, and that he’ll proceed to comply with his recommendation.
Modi stated it could be tough for Azad’s successor within the Rajya Sabha to match him, as he has set very excessive requirements as a deputy and as a pacesetter of the opposition.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu additionally described Azad as a “voice of sanity within the public lifetime of the nation”, and somebody who “speaks quietly however conveys his perspective successfully.”
Modi’s emotional speech to Azad had led to hypothesis that the veteran congressional chief, sidelined by his social gathering’s excessive command, may be a part of the ruling social gathering within the coming days.
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