Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today took a jibe at his party over Ghulam Nabi Azad being conferred with the Padma Bhushan, saying it was ironic that the Congress does not need his services when the nation recognises his contributions to public life.
Veteran Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was part of the group of 23 (G-23) which has been critical of the party leadership and has sought an organisational overhaul, has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to public affairs.
Kapil Sibal, also a part of the G-23, tweeted, “Ghulam Nabi Azad conferred Padam Bhushan. Congratulations bhaijan.”
“Ironic that the Congress doesn’t need his services when the nation recognises his contributions to public life,” he said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad conferred Padam Bhushan
Ironic that the Congress doesn’t need his services when the nation recognises his contributions to public life
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) January 26, 2022
Another G-23 leader Shashi Tharoor also congratulated Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“Warm congratulations to Shri @ghulamnazad on his Padma Bhushan. It is good to be recognised for one’s public service even by a government of the other side,” Mr Tharoor tweeted.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 25, 2022
However, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had on Tuesday taken a veiled dig at Mr Azad who was conferred with the award. “Right thing to do. He wants to be Azad not Ghulam,” Mr Ramesh said on Twitter after former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya declined the Padma award.