The internal rift in the Congress party has surfaced again after the party’s senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was conferred Padma Bhushan award while the G-23 leaders are in a congratulatory note to the former Rajya Sabha leader of the opposition, there has been no reaction from the party compelling Kapil Sibal to criticize over silence.
Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma tweeted, “Heartiest congratulations to Ghulam Nabi ji for well-deserved recognition of his lifelong enriching contribution to public service and Parliamentary democracy.”
Manish Tewari, MP, too wished him. “I congratulate Ghulam Nabi Azad on being conferred the Padma Bhushan for his public service. It is a well-deserved recognition.”
Though there has been no official reaction from Azad except thank you messages to tweets, he did tweet when news circulated that he has changed his Twitter bio, “Some mischievous propaganda being circulated by some people to create confusion. Nothing has been removed or added to my Twitter profile. The profile is as it was earlier.”
The Congress seems divided on the Padma Bhushan award conferred to its leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. Party leader Kapil Sibal has come in open support of Azad after cryptic tweets by Jairam Ramesh.
Sibal tweeted, “Ghulam Nabi Azad conferred Padam Bhushan, Congratulations bhaijan, Ironic that the Congress doesn’t need his services when the nation recognizes his contributions to public life”.
After the announcement of Padma awards, Jairam Ramesh taking a cue from the rejection by West Bengal former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya took a dig at his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has also been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
Ramesh tweeted on Bhattacharya’s refusal to accept the award: “Right thing to do. He wants to be Azad, not Ghulam.”
The comment was indirectly aimed at his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was conferred the Padma Bhushan in the field of Public Affairs.