Congress defends Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark on ‘demonetisation deaths’

Azad's remark on Thursday triggered a furore in the Rajya Sabha. The remark was later expunged by the House.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 7:09 pm
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Seeking to defend senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks comparing deaths related to demonetisation with the casualties in the Uri terror attack, party leader Anand Sharma on Friday flayed the BJP for giving a “communal twist” to the matter.

“Ghulam Nabi Azad is not just the leader of the opposition (in the Rajya Sabha) but has been the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. There have been 26 bids on his life by terrorists, a man who always stood for the nation, do we have such a situation now that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will decide who is a nationalist and who is not,” Sharma told the media outside parliament.

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“In the Uri attack, 19 of our soldiers were martyred, but here 47 persons have died so for (following demonetisation).

“It is shameful that they (BJP) are trying to give this a communal twist,” Sharma said.

Azad’s remark on Thursday triggered a furore in the Rajya Sabha. The remark was later expunged by the House.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the House again on Friday with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanding an apology from Azad.

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    Hudaf Shaikh
    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    Modi and Jaitley deserve the Peace Prize for restoring peace to Kashmir without firing or police action. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All patriotic Indians should consider the few hours we spent in bank queues as our small contribution to the peace effort.
    1. P
      Nov 18, 2016 at 9:01 am
      Scamgress mukt bharat will soon become a reality. Let these looters of India say what they want. We Indians are with the PM and the people will decide who will be our leader
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