New Delhi: Amid the ongoing controversy in the party following the announcement of Padma Bhushan award to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday came out in support of him, saying he was deeply saddened by the development and appreciated Mr Azad’s hard work and dedication. should be appreciated.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Dr. Singh said that he was deeply pained by the ongoing controversy over the matter and that his friend Azad deserved it.
These National Awards should not become a matter of party politics, at least not within the party, he said.
He said that he has known Mr. Azad since 1971 and he has been able to achieve this position due to hard work and dedication and has played a positive and constructive role as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
If any of our colleagues are honoured, they should be warmly appreciated instead of comments on it, he 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, Sibal has criticized this stand on the party’s silence.
The party seems to be divided over the Padma Bhushan award given to Mr. 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.”
After the announcement of the Padma awards, Jairam Ramesh took a dig at his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad over the rejection by former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
On Bhattacharya’s refusal to accept the award, Ramesh tweeted, “Okay, he wants to be azaad, 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 and 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.
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