Jammu, Feb 27: Asserting that his politics is not religion based, former Rajya Sabha Member Parliament Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said that the politics should not be religion based.
“My politics was never based on religion or cast and I must say that everybody has the right to form the government but politics of religion should not be involved,” Mr Azad here said addressing the gathering at ‘Shanti Sammelan’ organised by the Gandhi Global Family.
Mr Azad, one of the G-23 members of the Congress party, has also invited his colleagues for The Gandhi Global Family event comprising Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Hooda and Raj Babbar.
“The selfless service of Mahatma Gandhi will always remain with us and I started my career in politics with the philosophy of Mahatma,” said Mr Azad.
He however said that he has retired from the Rajya Sabha but not from politics.
The former J&K Chief Minister, further said, “we have lost our identity by losing statehood but we will fight for its restoration.”
Everyone in Jammu either from BJP, NC, PDP or even RSS, want the Statehood back, said Mr Azad.
He also advocated for collective fight and unity to make Congress a strong force in the country.
“Be it Jammu or Kashmir or Ladakh, we respect all religions, people and castes. We equally respect everyone, that is our strength and we will continue with this,” said Mr Azad.
Later in the day, Mr Azad also attended a social function organised by J&K Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha on the occasion of Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti.