Senior Congress leader and Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday put to rest any difference with ruling coalition partner National Conference in the state but said “it should take criticism positively and refrain from any discrimination on the basis of party allegiance”.
“If anyone from the Congress party has any concern about the developmental issues, the coalition partner should take it in a positive way rather than making it an issue,” said Azad during his visit to south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
He said the Congress forms the foundation of the state government whether it is headed by the NC or the PDP. “If it’s weakened, the upper stories cannot withstand,” he said.
The Union minister said his criticism was in no way targeting the coalition partner. “The Congress ministers who are very much part of the coalition government and are accountable to the masses like their ally,” said Azad.
He also dispelled the speculations about his quitting the Health Ministry portfolio.
In April, Azad, during a rally in Jammu region, accused the present government of either delaying or stopping projects initiated by him when he was chief minister.
The Union minister also pitched for expansion cabinet and demanded two vacant berths saying “the chief minister should return Roads and Buildings and education portfolios”.
But in Wednesday’s, Azad said he backs the chief minister in completing his full six year term with the support of Congress. “But at the same time we also want that the Congress and NC leaders and workers should be treated equally,” said Azad.