Ghulam Nabi Azad speech in Rajya Sabha ‘ends’ controversy over alleged IS-RSS comparison


Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday clarified his stand on the reported comments allegedly likening the RSS to the IS.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Azad read out the transcript of his speech given at the function organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind on Saturday.

He rubbished the BJP leaders’ charges that he had compared the both organisations.

Quoting from his speech Azad said, “..We oppose the ideologies of the ISIS same way we oppose the RSS.”

Azad challenged the Union Telecommunications Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad to watch the CD of his speech prepared by him to see if he was telling the truth.

He said, “Ravi Shankar Prasad is the telecommunications minister. He’s best suited to assess the authenticity of the CD I’m giving him.”

Azad further added, “If someone even in Islam does something wrong, they are no less than the RSS. Whether they are communal Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs, we have to fight all… All secular forces must come together. Our fight is between the secularism and communalism. We’ve to see who wins in this fight of secularism and communalism.”

Azad’s speech appeared to have calmed down the BJP leaders in the Upper House.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley praised Azad for always ‘being civilised’ in public discourse adding that he may have slipped ‘a bit’ on this occasion.

BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too was less critical and agitated after Azad’s speech and asked the latter to ‘simply apologise’ to end the matter.