Ghulam Nabi Azad counters PM Modi on 'poor background' remark

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

And it managed to score a rare success in countering the BJP campaign of pitching Congress icons as "entitled" individuals by portraying Motilal Nehru, Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Sub hash Chandra Bose as men who sacrificed their comforts to lead the harsh life of independence struggle.

However, leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad hit back at Modi, saying the contributions made by people from prosperous background should not be forgotten. Azad said he wanted to congratulate PM Modi for underlining that a leader must follow the tradition set by his or her predecessor and improve it. Azad said this while welcoming Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu in the upper House of Parliament. Mr Azad said the country can not forget the contributions made by the rich who gave up their wealth for the country and spent years in jail for participating in the freedom struggle. He said the rise of grassroot-level persons like CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury and Mr Naidu to high positions was the biggest achievement of democracy and many who weren't landlords or educated families had reached the zenith of their profession. Speaking immediately after him, Azad said Nehru was a big lawyer who earned Rs 7-10 crore in today's currency terms but gave away his wealth.

"We should not forget them and their contribution". The Congress had on numerous occasions accused the Modi government of not recognising the contributions of the first Prime Minister of the country. Even during the debate on 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement on August 9, Azad had recalled the contributions made by Gandhi, Jawarhal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and several others. Emphasising that the seat of the Rajya Sabha chairman calls for doing equal justice to all, Azad said the traditional practice of the House to not pass any bill in the din should be upheld in all circumstances.

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