The Jagdish Chandra show, popularly known as ‘The JC Show’ has a reputation of hosting the who’s who of the political, sporting and entertainment world.
Recently, former Union Minister and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad in an exclusive interview with Chandra spoke on a range of issues related to Congress and the current political discourse in the country.
Sharing his thoughts about the Congress party’s leadership, Azad said, “Rahul Gandhi should wait for the Congress president's post. In Sonia's presidentship, we have two options instead of one. Moreover, Rahul has not clicked in elections as he has not got such an opportunity, while Sonia Gandhi became president of the congress party after participating in two elections. In addition to that, Priyanka is taking care of constituencies of her mother and brother. That is also a big responsibility.”
When asked about the Uttarakhand political crisis, Azad commented, “Court and parliament, both have separate jurisdictions and hence the Congress party will bring censure motion. The Uttarakhand mishandling is going to benefit Harish Rawat only. As the centre's image has tarnished in this whole episode, Congress will now get more seats in Uttarakhand assembly elections.”
When asked why Congress was not allowing the passage of the GST bill, Azad candidly remarked, “The ball of GST bill is now in government's court now. We brought GST and BJP opposed it then. Congress is not against it, we just want three amendments in the interest of consumers.”
The ruling BJP party has often come under scathing attack by the Congress leadership about the government’s international policy related to US, Pakistan and China. Elaborating on it, Azad added, “Pakistan, China and America are like a headache to India. PM gave concessions on various issues, which were actually not promised by Mr. Modi during the electioneering. Pathankot issue, arms sale to Pakistan by US and China's support to Pakistan has increased three fold now. Where is the change in the foreign policy? PM is struggling but net result is zero.”
The former Chief Minister of J&K also spoke about the Congress party’s stand on the ruling PDP party, which is having an alliance with the BJP in J&K. Making his party’s stand clear, Azad said, “We want the J&K government to complete its full term, even though the Congress has political differences with CM Mehbooba Mufti. We don't want the burden of re-election in J&K. Moreover, the government should not have interfered in the NIT students’ issue. Students do fight and then they resolve on their own. Similarly in the JNU issue, the government had no business to interfere in educational institutes.”
He also said that Congress endorses CM Mehbooba Muft’s views that J & K should not be compared with any other Indian state and should be treated specially.