NewDelhi/Nagpur: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad waved a CD around in Parliament today after the BJP demanded an apology from him for reportedly comparing its ideological parent to ISIS.
“I request BJP parliamentarians to go into a room to listen to this CD,” said Mr Azad, before reading out the part of his speech about the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS that has sponsored a political controversy.
Mr Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said his remarks were taken out of context and lost in translation.
“We oppose organizations like ISIS, the way we oppose the RSS. If those among us in Islam also do wrong things, they are in no way less than the RSS,” Mr Azad was quoted as saying at a speech on Saturday.
BJP leaders like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi warned that the BJP is considering legal action against Mr Azad for his remarks.
“Nothing is a bigger threat to the world currently than ISIS,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “To suggest it is like another organization gives it respectability – this is what you have done, perhaps inadvertently,” Mr Jaitley said in admonishment to Mr Azad.