It was a day of emotional speeches in Rajya Sabha as the members came together to bid farewell to the retiring MPs.
After a teary-eyed tribute by PM Narendra Modi to the Congress veteran, Ghulam Nabi Azad thanked the MPs as he recounted his political journey from Jammu and Kashmir to New Delhi.
As he rose to speak on his last day in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad noted that the majority community needs to move forward, and added, “I never went to Pakistan and I think I am fortunate. 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.”
In his farewell speech, Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that it was the former PM from whom he learnt to run the House.
“I learned a lot from Atal ji…how to break the deadlock and how to run the House,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Rajya Sabha.
Ghulam Nabi Azad thanks PM Modi
Ghulam Nabi Azad also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his retirement speech in Rajya Sabha. Azad said the PM never took his words against him in the Upper House personally and separated the personal from politics.ADVERTISEMENT
“There were times when we had verbal fights. But you [PM Modi] never took my words personally,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said. The Congress veteran went on to note that the country is run with collaborations, not fights.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi choked up during the farewell to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
As he struggled to speak, PM Modi said, “Posts come, high office comes, power comes and how to handle these, one must learn from Ghulam Nabi Azad. I would consider him a true friend.” “I won’t let you [Ghulam Nabi Azad] retire, will continue taking your advice. My doors are always open for you,” the PM said.
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