New Delhi: Taking a jibe at the opposition party’s internal tensions and the letter controversy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament today not only praised Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad but also took a dig at MPs who had criticized him and his government.
In his reply to a debate on the President’s Budget session speech, Modi referred to opposition leader Azad’s comments on his native Jammu and Kashmir and recent local polls.
“Ghulam Nabi ji always speaks decently, never uses foul language. We should learn this from him, I respect him for it. He praised elections held in J&K, but I am concerned. I believe your party will take it in right spirit and not make the mistake of doing the opposite by taking it as the view of the G-23,” Modi remarked, pointing towards the group of 23 opposition members in the Congress who wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi last year demanding sweeping changes in the organization. Azad is among the letter-writers, seen to be at odds with the party’s Gandhi leadership.
Wrapping up his wide-ranging response, PM Modi also threw a dig at opposition members who had criticized him and his government. “I am happy that I was of some use at least to you. During the corona crisis you had to spend a lot of time at home and there must have been squabbles. Now after venting your anger on me you must feel lighter. I feel fortunate that I could give you the happiness. Modi hai, mauka lijiye (Modi is there, seize the chance),” PM Modi quipped.