Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday praised prime minister Narendra Modi for his groundedness and said he has not forgotten his roots despite being the prime minister and proudly calls himself chaiwala. He said though he has serious difference with the prime minister, he cannot deny the fact that he is a grounded person.
Azad’s remarks came a day after PM Modi gave an emotional farewell to Azad whose term as leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha came to an end earlier this month. Heaping praises on Azad, PM Modi recalled the terror attack on visitors from Gujarat in 2007 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat while Azad was at the helm of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir. He said Azad was the first person to inform him about the incident. A tearful PM Modi said he would never forget the concern in Azad’s voice and efforts he made along with Pranab Mukherjee to help those stuck in Kashmir following the attack.
The PM said his doors will always be open for Azad and he would not let him retire and keep consulting him for advice. He said Azad’s successor’s job will not be easy as he will have make efforts to match the work done by Azad who not only cared for his party but also the country and the House.
Azad returned prime minister’s praise and said they never let their political differences affect their personal bond. He said PM Modi and Sonia Gandhi were two people who always greeted him on every festival.