New Delhi, Sep 03: Meeting and speaking to political rivals doesn’t change one’s DNA, veteran chief Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned on Saturday in a swipe on the Congress which had insinuated that he was cozying as much as Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he left the celebration.
After Azad ended his five-decade-long affiliation with the Congress final month, the celebration had alleged that his “DNA has been Modi-fied” and several other leaders attacked him citing Modi’s speech in Rajya Sabha in February final yr through which the teary-eyed prime minister had praised Azad as a “true friend”. “MPs from 22 parties spoke about me (on my farewell) but only what the PM said was highlighted,” Azad mentioned at a guide launch perform right here.
“If you meet people from other political parties and talk to them, it does not change your DNA,” he mentioned and lamented that political events these days appear to be “at war”. Referring to Modi’s emotional speech, Azad mentioned it is a custom that one-third members retire from Rajya Sabha each two years and MPs from varied events give speeches on the event.
He additional mentioned the composite tradition of India has modified through the years. “Hindus and Muslims stayed together…. It was not unusual for Hindus to study Arabic and Muslims to study the Gita. This was our country’s composite culture,” he mentioned.
Earlier, solely two events have been celebrated in Delhi’s political circles — Eid Milan and Diwali Milan — he mentioned. “Both (former prime ministers Atal Bihari) Vajpayee-ji and Indira Gandhi used to come. Now political parties are like they are at war…,” he mentioned. “Unfortunately we all have been divided and it is saddening,” he mentioned on the launch of the guide, ‘Moon of the Saffron Fields – The Legend of Habba Khatoon’ by Padma Shri awardee Pran Kishore.
Azad, 73, resigned from the Congress on August 26, terming the celebration “comprehensively destroyed”. He additionally lashed out at Rahul Gandhi for “demolishing” the celebration’s total consultative mechanism. He’s set to start his contemporary political journey Sunday from Jammu the place he’ll arrange the primary unit of his personal celebration.