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Azad's ISIS Remarks Set to Rock Parliament

The controversial statement of Ghulam Nabi Azad equating the RSS with the ISIS may raise a storm in Parliament on Monday.

Published: 14th March 2016 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2016 04:50 AM   |  A+A-

Ghulam Nabi Azad

NEW DELHI: The controversial statement of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad equating the RSS with the ISIS may raise a storm in Parliament Monday as the BJP is all set to demand an apology from him, terming his remarks unacceptable.

The party feels Azad is resorting to vote-bank politics as he made the remarks at an event organised by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Saturday. The party has also asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to disassociate from his remarks and take action against him if he does not retract.

“We oppose organisations like ISIS, the way we oppose RSS. If those among us in Islam too do wrong things, they are no way less than RSS,” Azad had said, prompting strong reactions from the RSS as well.

RSS spokesperson in Nagaur said such a comparison showed the “intellectual bankruptcy” of the Congress and its “unwillingness to deal with fundamentalist and cruel forces like ISIS”. RSS will consider legal action against Azad, he warned. Azad comments came even as the government is preparing to push through crucial legislations in the remaining three days of the first half of the Budget Session.

A Parliamentary joint committee will also meet on Monday to discuss the controversial land acquisition bill of 2015 through which the NDA government sought to make key alterations to the UPA’s 2013 land law. The government is hopeful that a consensus will emerge on all issues related to the bill.

Govt keen to push through key bills

The government is hopeful of  passing key legislations such as the Whistle Blower Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 in the remaining three days of the first half of the Budget Session.



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