BJP leaders slam Hamid Ansari for 'Muslim unease' comment

Move beyond files and go to the field to understand ground realities PM told collectors

Move beyond files and go to the field to understand ground realities PM told collectors

Vice president Hamid Ansari cautioned on Thursday that if opposition parties are not allowed to freely criticise the government's policies a democracy runs the risk of turning into a tyranny on his last working day as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Hussain was reacting to comments Ansari made during an interview with Rajya Sabha TV.

Modi said that even after retirement from service, Ansari's work remained in the "same circle" as he worked with the Minority Commission and Aligarh Muslim University.

"By making such statements it seems, like Jinnah, Ansari also wants to push country towards another partition", the VHP leader added.

With a call to fight intolerance and attacks on minorities, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari said goodbye today after ending his second consecutive five-year term.

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When he was asked if he conveyed his apprehensions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said he had but didn't divulge any details.

In his remarks, the prime minister said, "On behalf of the citizens and both Houses of Parliament, I express gratitutde for the services you have rendered as VicePresident of the nation".

On being asked about the apprehensions in the Muslim community, the vice-president agreed and said, "I have heard about it in other parts of the country, I hear more about it in north India that there is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity creeping in".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was grinning when he referred to one of Mr Ansari's rebukes from the past.

Modi also praised Ansari's wisdom on issues and his "deep insight" on various matters have given him an opportunity to learn. "I wish Allah give you a long life".

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien applauded Ansari's decision to extend the sessions of Rajya Sabha by one hour, giving each speaker an extra three minutes to speak. "Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due", Naidu told a section of the media. From all I hear from different quarters, the country.

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