He said that he had known Azad since 1971. He has been able to achieve this position due to hard work and dedication. As the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, he has played a positive and constructive role.
“If any of our colleagues are honoured, they should be warmly appreciated instead of comments on it,” Singh said.
Infighting within the Congress party has come to the fore after senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was honored with the Padma Bhushan award. While the G-23 leaders of the party are praising the former Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Kapil Sibal has criticized this stand on the party’s silence.
The party seems divided over the Padma Bhushan award given to Azad. After Jairam Ramesh’s tweet, party leader Kapil Sibal has come in open support of Azad. Sibal tweeted, “Congratulations to Ghulam Nabi Azad with Padma Bhushan, congratulations Bhaijaan, ironically when the nation recognizes his contribution to public life, Congress does not need his services.”
Jairam Ramesh took a dig at his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad over the disapproval of former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee after the Padma awards were announced. On Bhattacharya’s refusal to accept the award, Ramesh tweeted, “Okay, he wants to be free, not a slave.” The remarks were made indirectly targeting party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has been awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of public service.
Azad is also a former Union Minister. Until recently, he was the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He was one of the first in the Congress to raise the issue of leadership in the party. Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday refused to accept the Padma Bhushan award given to him by the Government of India.
Karan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad