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Azad doesn’t see “a Muslim PM” in the near future due to “vitiated” politics

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: After his heart felt retirement speech in Rajya Sabha, veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in a press interview asserted that it is very difficult for a young Muslim leader to aspire to be the Prime Minister of India.

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“I do not foresee it in the near future; maybe a few decades,” Azad said in his interview.

Meanwhile, in his emotional farewell speech in Rajya Sabha Azad had proudly said that if any Muslim should feel proud in the world, it should be the Indian Muslim.

Azad’s comments in upper house came over two years after he spoke about the “vitiated atmosphere” in the country during a speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in 2018.

In his address to AMU alumni, Azad had alleged that the number of even Hindu Congress candidates inviting him to campaign for them in polls has reduced drastically as people were “afraid”.

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Upon being asked why he referred to the Indian Muslim after his comments in 2018, Azad in his AMU speech had said that the atmosphere in the country is so vitiated that contrary to the past where 99% of Hindu candidates would invite him to campaign for them to get the Muslim vote in elections, the number of invitations has sharply gone down to 40%.

Azad added that his message was to the AMU alumni present there that it is their job to be ambassadors, and to bring that India back. He remembered the previous India where he had contested 1979 national election from Maharashtra with a 95% Hindu electorate and won. “There was a Janata Party Hindu candidate against me, but I still won.”


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