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Ghulam Nabi Azad: If colleague honoured, greet him with appreciation: Karan Singh on Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Padma award

Amid inner rumblings inside the Congress over Ghulam Nabi Azad being awarded Padma Bhushan, senior Congress chief Karan Singh on Thursday mentioned nationwide awards mustn’t change into topic of intra-party controversy and if “one of our colleagues” is honoured, he needs to be greeted with heat appreciation quite than “snide remarks”. Singh’s feedback come amid an argument triggered quickly after the announcement of the Padma awards on Tuesday night when Congress chief Jairam Ramesh, whereas commenting on CPI (M) chief Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s refusal to simply accept the award, mentioned, “He wants to be Azad not Ghulam”.

Several members of the group of 23 leaders who had written to Sonia Gandhi demanding an organisational overhaul within the Congress congratulated Azad for being awarded Padma Bhushan, saying it was “well-deserved”.

Reacting to the row, Singh mentioned he was distressed on the “unseemly controversy” over the properly deserved Padma Award to Azad.

“These National Awards should not become subject of inter-party controversy, far less of intra-party ones,” Singh, a former Union minister and celebration stalwart, mentioned in an announcement.

“I have known Ghulam Nabi for half a century since he first started his political career as an active participant in my second election campaign for the Lok Sabha in 1971 from the Udhampur constituency, to which he belongs,” he mentioned.

Since then, Singh mentioned, he has seen Azad rise by way of sheer dint of onerous work, dedication and administrative capability to turning into a Cabinet Minister, each with P V Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh.

As Leader of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha for seven years, he performed a constructive and constructive position in our Parilamentary system, Singh mentioned.

Azad additionally served as the primary Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from the Jammu area, and his brief stint continues to be remembered positively in each areas, he mentioned.

“If one of our colleagues is honoured he should be greeted with warm appreciation rather than snide remarks,” Singh mentioned.

Congress veteran and former regulation minister Ashwani Kumar has additionally come out in help of Azad and hit out at Ramesh, saying his criticism of Azad is nothing lower than a “shameful innuendo” and doesn’t do justice to the ethos of the Congress celebration.

Senior Congress chief Kapil Sibal, who can be within the G23, has mentioned that it was ironic that the Congress doesn’t want Azad’s companies when the nation recognises his contributions to public life.

“Ghulam Nabi Azad conferred Padam Bhushan. Congratulations bhaijan. Ironic that the Congress doesn’t need his services when the nation recognises his contributions to public life,” Sibal mentioned on Twitter on Wednesday.

Other members of the G-23 Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and Raj Babbar congratulated Azad for the Padma award, saying it was “well-deserved”.

Shiv Sena chief Priyanka Chaturvedi additionally criticised Ramesh, saying it exhibits one’s shallowness.



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