Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on the Congress veteran and Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for his efforts to rescue the people of Gujarat once stuck in terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which eight people had been killed. ALSO READ | Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu, Accused Of Instigating Red Fort Violence, Arrested By Delhi Police Special Cell
Recalling the horrifying incident, PM Modi in his speech during the Rajya Sabha said that Azad was the first to call him to inform him about the incident. The Prime Minister said Mr Azad’s tears would not stop.
“I will never forget Shri Azad’s efforts and Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s efforts when people from Gujarat were stuck in Kashmir due to a terror attack. Ghulam Nabi Ji was constantly following up, he sounded as concerned as if those stuck were his own family members,” PM Modi said.
Further recalling the years he worked with the outgoing leader, the teary-eyed Prime Minister said that Ghulam Nabi Azad has distinguished himself in Parliament.
“I have known Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for years. We were Chief Ministers together. We had interacted even before I became CM, when Azad Sahab was very much in active politics. He not only worries about his Party but also had similar passion towards the smooth running of the House and towards India’s development. He has a passion not many know about – gardening.”
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2021
His speech came in respect of the farewell to four members from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – Mir Mohammad Fayaz, Shamsher Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Nazir Ahmad Laway.
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Hailing Azad’s legacy and his contribution as Rajya Sabha MP and the leader of opposition, PM Modi in his emotional speech said that Ghulam Nabi Azad has set very high standards as MP and Opposition leader. His work will inspire generations of MPs to come. Posts come, high office comes, power comes and how to handle these, one must learn from Ghulam Nabi Azad Ji. I would consider him a true friend, PM Modi added.