India 'most tolerant' nation; agenda of politics should be development: Venkaiah Naidu

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2017

Naidu asserted thus after the outgoing vice president Hamid Ansari had stated on Wednesday, a feeling of unrest and insecurity for the Muslims in India.

Naidu took on Ansari and rejected the latter's claim as politically motivated.

Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya has lashed out at Ansari, saying his remark was an insult to the country.

In a speech in the Rajya Sabha, Modi mentioned the Ansari family's long association with Congress, his stint as a diplomat in west Asian nations and his involvement with the AMU and National Commission of Minorities.

He suggested that Ansari should write a book on how the functioning of the Rajya Sabha could be made more effective and the institution "even more credible".

Replying to the felicitations, Ansari said he had been rendered speechless by the words of praise for him. 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". "There is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in", answered Ansari, according to IANS. I heard the same thing in Bengaluru, I have heard from other parts of the country, I hear more about it in north India.

It was the day of the outgoing vice-president versus the vice-president-elect.

He said history has proved there is no discrimination against minorities. Democracy is likely to degenerate into a tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticise freely and frankly the policies of the government.

While it is important that opposition and individual members raise issues, it was also vital that there is some time for important legislative business, he said, adding a balance should be struck for smooth running of the House.

"The PM's slogan is impeccable - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas".

Speaking about the role of the Rajya Sabha, he said it is known as "a sobering House, known for the quality of debate". "But then sabka saath means sabka saath". "Your life has been that of a career diplomat", Modi said in the Rajya Sabha where the vice-president is ex-officio chairperson.

"Dealing with political fraternity must be a different experience for you, a nostalgic Jaitley said bidding farewell to Chairman Ansari". By someone who holds one of the highest constitutional positions in the country.

"But, at the same time, minorities also have their responsibilities".

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