PM Modi: Will not let Ghulam Ji retire, my doors are always open for him

In tears, PM Modi also called Ghulam Nabi Azad as his true friend and said that the veteran Congress leader is not just concerned about his party but also showed equal concerns about the country and the house.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, while bidding farewell to the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha, broke in tears and struggled to speak during his speech. In an emotional way, PM Modi recalled his memories with Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and said that whoever will replace him in the house will have difficulty in matching his works.


“The person who will replace Ghulam Nabi Ji (as Leader of Opposition) will have difficulty matching his work because he was not only concerned about his party but also about the country and the House”, PM Modi said during the farewell speech for retiring members in Rajya Sabha. “I have known Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for years. We were Chief Ministers together. We had interacted even before I became Chief Minister when Azad Sahab was very much in active politics. He has a passion not many know about – gardening,” added PM Modi.

As he tried to control his emotions, PM Modi said, “Posts come, the high office comes, power comes and how to handle these, one must learn from Ghulam Nabi Azad. I would consider him a true friend. “I won’t let you retire, will continue taking your advice. My doors are always open for you,” PM Modi said in Rajya Sabha.

Saying he respects Ghulam Nabi Azad on the basis of his experiences and situations the two have through, PM Modi said, “I am sure that his kindness, calmness and drive to perform for the nation will always keep him going. He will always add value to whatever he does.”

Ghulam Nabi Azad has been the Congress’s face in the Rajya Sabha for more than two decades. Ghulam Nabi Azad retires on February 15, in less than a week’s time.