As veteran Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad retires from the Rajya Sabha, leaders from various political parties bid an emotional farewell to him.
Azad, 71, said that he is one the fortunate Indian Muslims who never set foot in Pakistan and is proud of his legacy as Hindustani Muslim.
“I am among those fortunate people who never went to Pakistan. When I read about circumstances in Pakistan, I feel proud to be a Hindustani Muslim,” Azad said.
He attributed his success in the party to Indira Gandhi. Azad mentioned the former prime minister and Sanjay Gandhi provided him ample opportunities to work under the Congress. He also iterated the opportunities given to him under the leadership of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, current Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi.
Azad not only praised his own party leaders, but also leaders of the opposition. He lauded former BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his ability to seek solutions by including everyone. “I learned from Vajpayee how to solve problems by giving something to both the opposition and the ruling party,” Azad said. “It was very easy to manage parliament under his leadership due to this.”
Azad also mentioned that people will keep their trust in the lawmakers till the time they do work for them and pass laws. “If we only keep on fighting amongst ourselves, we will lose the trust of people,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi, in his speech in the parliament praised the outgoing MP and came to tears reminiscing their times together as opposition political leaders.