Idea Exchange : Ghulam Nabi Azad On PM Modi’s Silence, NDA’s Govt’s U-Turn & More

Why Ghulam Nabi Azad: As leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers, Ghulam Nabi Azad often leads the attack on the treasury benches. On March 9, after the Opposition passed an amendment to the President’s address, an elated Azad, who moved the motion, said the Congress had to give a “wake-up call to the government”. The Congress veteran has been AICC general secretary for long and is perhaps the only party leader who has been in charge of all the states. He has been a minister in every Congress government since Indira Gandhi’s GHULAM NABI AZAD: When the present Prime Minister was a candidate, he promised parivartan, vikas and good governance. What has happened to these things? Now, there is a governance vacuum… Just see the inflammatory statements, objectionable remarks by the (NDA) ministers, MPs and for the first time in the history of the country, even by the governors. Under this government, universities and educational institutions are being targeted and the autonomy of these centres is being eroded. Dissent and difference of opinion are being suppressed. The debate over ‘nationalism’ and ‘anti-nationalism’ has divided the country vertically. This never happened in the country’s history. One political party is passing judgment.

Why Ghulam Nabi Azad: As leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers, Ghulam Nabi Azad often leads the attack on the treasury benches. On March 9, after the Opposition passed an amendment to the President’s address, an elated Azad, who moved the motion, said the Congress had to give a “wake-up call to the government”. The Congress veteran has been AICC general secretary for long and is perhaps the only party leader who has been in charge of all the states. He has been a minister in every Congress government since Indira Gandhi’s GHULAM NABI AZAD: When the present Prime Minister was a candidate, he promised parivartan, vikas and good governance. What has happened to these things? Now, there is a governance vacuum… Just see the inflammatory statements, objectionable remarks by the (NDA) ministers, MPs and for the first time in the history of the country, even by the governors. Under this government, universities and educational institutions are being targeted and the autonomy of these centres is being eroded. Dissent and difference of opinion are being suppressed. The debate over ‘nationalism’ and ‘anti-nationalism’ has divided the country vertically. This never happened in the country’s history. One political party is passing judgment.