picture courtesy: RStvLeader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, signed off from the Upper House in an emotional speech. Gulam Nabi Azad, speaks about his Muslim Majority constituency in Kashmir Sopore. He stated how he gets influenced from Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Nehru during his earlier days. “Khoon ki maang iss desh ki raksha k liye, mere nazdik ki qurbani bahut choti, de do”, he talks about patriotism and sacrifice that needed to make India great.
He praises Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he said for them he got respectable position in party. He is proud of serve the Nation. He stated that for India Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, he got chance to work with senior leaders of party and praises Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, for carrying the same legacy forward. He thanked them as for them he got chance to work with senior leader along with Jyoti Basu, Karunanidhi, Prakash Singh Badal, Jayalalitha, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ik Gujral along with many other senior leaders.
He praises opposition BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He stated when he was Parliamentary minister, he learn how to work for benefit of people from Atalji. He learned many things from Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was opposition leader, at that time, he learn leadership, he learn how to make policies. He stated that he had learn how to solve problem of country, make policies for the development and infrastructure of the country form the opposition leader. He stated what he learn from Atal Bihari Vajpayee “the Opposition could not keep fighting over issues. The easiest working of the House was when Vajpayee was the LoP. People chose us to make rules for them. These rules would not pass if we keep arguing. I learned a lot from Atalji, how to break a deadlock, how to run the House.”
On an important note Azad recalled Srinagar's SP College when there were more people to celebrate August 14 (Pakistan Independence Day) than those celebrating August 15. "I was among few who would celebrate India's Independence Day. We used to stay away from college for days after the event fearing for ourselves," he said. He talks of development of Kashmir. He said he feel proud as Hindustani, who not been to Pakistan. “Fell proud as Hindustani Muslim. Everyone should feel proud as Hindustani Muslim” Azad Stated. He recalls that at Sopore he always speaks “His government is about people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Lastly he wishes for development of Kashmir to stop terrorism. He also paid tribute to Kashmiri Pandit recalling their association with him “guzar gaya woh jo chota sa ek fasana tha, phool thhe, chaman tha, ashiana tha”.