As assembly polls near, Ghulam Nabi Azad says, “Congress’ win a priority, will campaign wherever party invites’
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday a victory for the grand old party in the upcoming assembly elections was a priority and that he would campaign wherever he would be invited amid turmoil within the outfit. "The victory of Congress party in the forthcoming state elections is a priority. I will be campaigning wherever I will be invited by the party or individual," Azad was quoted by news agency ANI.
Azad’s comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 28 served as the catalyst for a rift in the Congress' Jammu and Kashmir unit as some workers expressed their dissatisfaction while others came out in support. Azad had heaped praise on Modi, stating that the Prime Minister had not forgotten his roots when he came to power and that he did not hide his true self.
"I like many things of many big leaders… like I am from a village and I feel proud of it. Our PM also says that he is from a village and was nothing (non-entity) and that he washed utensils and sold tea. Politically, we may have serious differences and are opposed to him but he didn’t hide his true self. And those who hide their true self, live in a bubble… in an imaginary world. People should be proud of their roots," he said.
Watch: Ghulam Nabi Azad heaps praise on PM Narendra Modi
Azad's resignation from the Rajya Sabha led to an emotional Prime Minister delivering a heartfelt message to his long time political rival.
The Congress will contest in the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and Tamil Nadu. The grand old party will be part of various alliances across the four states and in one Union territory and will be hoping to fare better than it did in the Bihar assembly elections last year.
The party has been campaigning heavily in the poll-bound states with Rahul Gandhi addressing gatherings at Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and the Left-Congress-ISF alliance's rally drawing a massive crowd in West Bengal.
Congress' dismal performances in the recent past have been a matter of worry and several leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction with the party at the G-23 meet held in Jammu on February 28, stating that the party had gotten weak. Azad was present at the event.