In another indication that senior Congressman Ghulam Nabi Azad is moving closer to the BJP, he has openly said that he admires Modi as he is connected to his roots and added that the Congress leaders are out of touch with reality. The statement is significant as he made it at a meeting organised in his home village in Jammu region.
Ghulam Nabi said thus: I find several qualities admirable in different leaders. I hail from a village. I feel proud when leaders like our Prime Minister say that he too hails from a village. We differ with him in political views but he doesn't shy away from his roots." Then he went on to say that the Congress has lost touch with reality. He said: "The moment one disconnects yourself from one's roots, one starts living in a world of delusion. I have travelled across the world but my true calling lies in my own village."
This meeting was organised a day after a meeting by 23 dissident Congress leaders who are demanding internal democracy in the Congress Party. These 23 leaders have been demanding that elections be held within the Congress Party to enable the emergence of a new grassroots leadership.