Hamid Ansari looking for political shelter: BJP's Vijayvargiya on Muslim remark

Outgoing vice president Hamid Ansari

Outgoing vice president Hamid Ansari

On his last day in office, Mr. Ansari began his speech by reciting an Urdu couplet: Mujhpe ilzaam itne lagaaye gaye, begunahi ke andaaz jaate rahe [I have been accused (unjustly) so many times, that proving my innocence was hard].

He was speaking on the issues of cow vigilante attacks, mob lynchings and people not shouting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" being told to leave the country. "A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minority", he said in his last interview as the Vice-President of the country.

Hamid Ansari served as India's vice president for 10 years from 2007 to 2017.

The Prime Minister suggested that Shri Ansari, with his long experience of running the Rajya Sabha, should pen down his thoughts on how the functioning of the Upper House can be made more effective.

When Hamid Ansari was asked whether he felt that the Muslim community in India is beginning to feel they are not wanted in the country, the Vice-President said, "I would not go that far, there is a sense of insecurity".

Naidu took on Ansari and rejected the latter's claim as politically motivated. "It really reflects the strength of the parties in the state".

Former PM Manmohan Singh, during whose tenure Ansari was elected as the Vice-President, hailed his contribution and said the country keeps on progressing despite challenges largely because of people like him.

Neither Ansari nor Gandhi named any party or individual in particular, but their statements can be seen to allude to the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which the Congress party and other opposition outfits often accuse of pandering to right-wing Hindu ideologies.

At an event in Bengaluru on Sunday, Ansari said the "version of nationalism" that places cultural commitments at its core promotes intolerance and arrogant patriotism.

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday bid farewell to the outgoing Vice President of India. A lot of them appreciated his constant endeavour to stick to the rules and not allowing any legislation to be passed during din. Deputy chairman P J Kurien said, "You protected me, you guided me and you corrected me", he said, adding "if we were to choose our destiny, then we all would pass a resolution to have Chairman Hamid Ansari for another term".

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