Ghulam Nabi Azad has praised PM Modi after resigning from Congress. He said that I used to consider him a very tough man, but he has humanity. I used to think that if he does not have a wife, if he does not have children, then he will not care, but it is not so. Azad has also attacked the Congress Working Committee. He said that this institution has no meaning. The slogan ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ was only for Rahul Gandhi. No senior leader came in his support.
Azad did not sleep after resigning
Ghulam Nabi Azad told the news agency, ‘I have not slept for 6 days before and after writing the letter of resignation. I have watered this party with my blood. From where have people come in that, which are of no use. Somewhere a brick, somewhere an obstacle… they are competing with us. Those who do not know their home address and they question us.
I still have the same respect for Sonia Gandhi as I had 30 years ago. Same respect for Rahul Gandhi as he is the family of Indira Gandhi, son of Rajiv-Sonia. Personally, I wish him a long life. We tried to make him a successful leader, but he did not agree.
Modi is just an excuse, Congress was jealous of me
Azad said that allegations are being made against him that he has resigned from the Congress due to his proximity to PM Modi. He said, ‘Modi is just an excuse, the Congress leadership has trouble with me ever since G23 wrote a letter and gave suggestions to the high command. He never wanted anyone to write letters to him, asking him questions. Many Congress meetings have been held since then, but no suggestion was ever considered.
He said, ‘I am being told that I have met Modi, but let me tell you that Modi and BJP have met those who have fulfilled their dreams. Even Narendra Modi himself had said this thing that Rahul Gandhi makes rhetoric against him and then hugs in Parliament and says that our heart is clean. So you tell that those people have met Modi ji that I have met.’
Sonia trusted me, I gave the result
As quoted by NDTV, Azad said, “Between 1998 and 2004, Sonia Gandhi kept on consulting senior leaders. She followed his advice and would not take any decision without asking him. He entrusted me with the responsibility of 8 states, out of which I won seven states. He did not interfere in my work.
‘But when Rahul Gandhi came, after 2004, Sonia Gandhi started obeying Rahul Gandhi instead of senior leaders. Rahul has no experience or art to give opinion, yet Sonia Gandhi wanted all leaders to act according to Rahul.
‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan created rift in Congress
Azad said the rift between senior Congress leaders and Rahul Gandhi was cleared when he raised the slogan of ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019. No senior leader supported this slogan. Rahul had asked in the party meeting that those who liked the slogan should raise their hands. Then many big leaders had lodged a disagreement about this slogan. Manmohan Singh, AK Antony and P Chidambaram were also in that meeting.
To what extent is the personal attack on big leaders right?
Azad said, ‘We have done our political studies under the leadership of Indira Gandhi. When I was a junior leader, she used to tell ML Fotedar and me to keep meeting Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. We were taught that we should respect our elders and give the same respect to the leaders of the opposition as we give to the leaders of our own party, but Rahul’s policy is only to attack Modi. They keep attacking Modi from all sides.
Azad said that he has no personal animosity towards Rahul Gandhi. He is a good person, but as a politician he does not have that in him. They do not have hard working skills.