The BJP criticised outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari for his comment that there was a sense of insecurity among Muslims and said such a "petty" remark was not expected from someone in his position.BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also wondered if Ansari was looking for "political shelter" after retirement.
The prime minister said the various decisions that Ansari took as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha have something concrete to offer. He also stated considering the whole world, India is the most tolerant nation.
Ansari, 80, had said that there is a breakdown of Indian values and the ability of authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien appreciated Ansari for extending the working hours of the Rajya Sabha's day from 5pm to 6pm. Though Ansari did not name any political party in his interview to RSTV, his comments were seen as aimed at BJP, which has been accused of promoting "majoritarianism".
Hamid Ansari, whose tenure as Vice-President comes to a close on Thursday, was given a farewell in the Rajya Sabha where he has served as Chairman for the last decade.
Speaking to media as he prepared to assume office, Naidu said, "Agenda of politics should be development".
"I am an Indian and that is it".
Ansari was asked a question on his lecture at the National Law School in Bengaluru earlier this month where he said rejuvenating secularism's basic principles was becoming a challenge.
Yesterday, in an interview with the Rajya Sabha TV, Ansari had said that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity creeping in among the Muslims in the country.
"I condemn his comments". "The religious requirement is crystal clear, emphatic, there are no two views about it but patriarchy, social customs has all crept into it to create a situation which is highly undesirable". The former diplomat said he fervently hoped that all sections of the House would seek to achieve this laudable objective. That's all. I mean a marriage has to be recognised on certain occasions by the system of the state.
But to the best of his knowledge, Ansari faced no controversy in his long public life which was worth emulating, Modi said.
Tiruchi Selva, a DMK MP from Tamil Nadu, said while Ansari was being praised for his various attributes as a politician, as a Chairman, as a sportsman, he as an individual wanted to say thank you as "we have learned a lot from you". "And it has to be addressed politically".