On Tuesday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad mocks at Prime Minister as he remembered the BJP patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee neither had anger against the opposition nor did he undermine the progress made by the country since Independence.
A function was held at the Central Hall of Parliament to unveil a life-size portrait of Mr. Vajpayee. While giving his speech Mr. Azad, the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, said that the former Prime Minister will always be remembered for his speeches.
In the event Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar all were present. Mr. Azad addressing them said, “He always opposed his rival parties, but never had anger against them.”
The portrait was unveiled by the President Ram Nath Kovind. The event was attended by both the members of the Houses.
The Congress leader recalled some of the speeches delivered by Mr. Vajpayee in Lok Sabha including one on the occasion of 50th anniversary of India’s Independence.
He said, ”I (Vajpayee) maintained that the country made progress in the last 50 years and no one can deny that. I had enough material to attack previous governments during elections and canvassing for votes, making fervent attacks on their policies. But I have said everywhere that I am not one of those who undermines the country’s achievements in the last 50 years.”
“Doing this would be undermining the country’s administration. Doing this would mean doing injustice against country’s farmers, laborers and this would not be right against the common man,” the Congress leader said.
PM Modi has been always attacking the Congress over its performance over the last 70 years. A speech of Mr. Vajpayee in 1999 was also remembered by Ghulam Nabi Azad. Mr. Azad also noted that the former prime minister had said there should not be any division in the country in the name of caste and religion.