Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday became emotional as he recalled his earlier interactions with outgoing leader of Opposition and veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. Modi recalled how Azad cared for Gujarati pilgrims stuck in Jammu & Kashmir as he would care for a member of your family.
“When a terrorist attack happened in Jammu and Kashmir, and Gujaratis on a pilgrimage were stranded, he called me,” the PM said getting emotional.
Other instances of Modi-Azad camaraderie
Recalling other interactions with Azad, Modi said he had met Ghulam Nabi Azad before entering politics and the Congress leader had once told reporters that “while you may see us fight on TV debates, under the roof of this House, we are family.”
Modi told Azad that his doors would always be open to the outgoing leader of Opposition. Azad will retire on February 15.
“Whoever takes over in his stead will have a problem; they will have to work hard to fill his shoes,” Modi said.
In all four outgoing MPs from Jammu & Kashmir were bid a farewell.
Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu said Azad has been a voice of sanity for this nation.
“He has been a veteran of this House for 28 years. The House benefited greatly from his contributions,” Naidu said
With Azad leaving no MP in RS from J&K
The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have no representatives in Rajya Sabha from February 15, when the four Upper House members from J&K will complete their stint. It will not have a representative in the Rajya Sabha until elections are held in J&K. Two MPs from the Peoples Democratic Party, Nazir Ahmed Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz will see their term-end on February 10 and 15, respectively. The term of BJP’s Shamsher Singh Manhas will also end on February 10.
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