Prime Minister Narendra Modi became emotional in Rajya Sabha and recalled his services with tears as the upper House bid farewell to Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Lauding Azad Modi said : “Posts come, high office comes, power comes and how to handle these, one must learn from Ghulam Nabi Azad Ji. I would consider him a true friend,” PM Modi said. He also remembered former President Pranab Mukherjee, another Congress veteran with whom he shared a strong rapport.
Recalling an incident Modi said , “There was a terrorist attack on pilgrims from Gujarat in Jammu and Kashmir. Ghulam Nabi Azad called me at first. The phone was not for the information, his tears were not stopping. That time Pranab Mukherjee was the defence minister and requested for Indian Air Force jet for transporting the body. He said that don’t worry, we will figure out something. But, Ghulam Nabi called me again. He was at the airport. Ghulam Nabi Ji was constantly following up, he sounded as concerned as if those stuck were his own family members.”
“I am concerned that after Ghulam Nabiji, the person who is going to take the post is going to face a lot of challenges. Ghulam Nabiji not only thought of his party, but also his country. They give priority to the nation and the house. Sharad Pawarji is also in the same category,” PM Modi said.