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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Sunday said the NDA government was trying to divert attention from its “failures” by raking up issues like Uniform Civil Code and triple talaq. He also claimed that the “secular political parties and the media” had become “tools” by following the government’s agenda.
“I mean we are taking forward their agenda, their path and I will advise both media as well as secular parties that we should not fall prey to the political agenda of the NDA,” Azad told reporters at the AICC headquarters after announcing the induction of Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi, a three-time Rajya Sabha MP, into the party. Khan, who hails from Azamgarh, was with the JD(U) earlier.
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of having failed to deliver their election promises, Azad said “they have now decided to entangle and mislead the people in such issues”.
“So that we keep discussing these issues round the clock. BJP ke liye to lottery nikli….we have forgotten to criticise them, pinpoint their faults, examine whether roads were made, Swacch Bharat was implemented properly or not, employment was generated or not….that is why the BJP and the NDA government thrusts forward this agenda and then we keep fighting amongst ourselves,” he said.
Talking to The Indian Express later, Khan Azmi said the concept of triple talaq was being misused by some, but the course correction had to come from within and not by a law.