Tapping Our Phones, Opposition Has Been Reduced To Terrorists: Ghulam Nabi Azad

| February 6 , 2018 , 13:23 IST

The debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address continued in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, with a speech by BJP national president Amit Shah and then by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who slammed the BJP-led central government for the treatment of the Opposition.

“You have divided political parties by using the ED, Income Tax, NIA. You have gone after people who are aligned with us. Businessmen are fearful of speaking to us on the phone because our phones are being tapped and they fear being targeted for having sided with the Opposition," said Azad.

"When I was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, we used to do that to terrorists. You have reduced all of us to terrorists, you have made us international terrorists. Fear is not a good thing, especially in a democracy,” said Azad.

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“First, you polarised along religious lines for votes. Then you artificially divided Shias and Sunnis. Now, you even want to separate husband and wife. What will happen to the wife and children while the husband is in jail? Leave the community alone. They are already fearful, persecuted, unemployed. Do not divide them any more,” said Azad.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment on 'New India' after the presentation of the Union Budget last week, Azad said, “Give us back our old India of Gandhiji, where Hindus and Muslims gave blood for each other, babies did not get raped and where there was no fear.”

The senior Congress leader Azad also spoke on the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, saying that in 70 years such violence has not been witnessed there.  

"Are you aware that they do not let the BJP people go to the border areas. They say we have never been killed like this before… you called us nikammi (useless), even said doob maro (drown to death). Even if we accept for a minute that we were weak, are you aware that in 70 years this kind of violence and casualties have never been seen there,” he said.

Azad accused the BJP-led government of re-packaging previous UPA government's schemes, calling the centre a government of "name changers", not "game changers" and of making false promises.

“As I like to say, when there is a global tender for packaging and repackaging, it will go to the BJP because you are masters of the art,” he said.

Watch Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad's entire speech below: