Ansari speaks out about unease and insecurity among Muslims; BJP up in arms
New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday 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. “I condemn his comments. He has made political comments as he is retiring. He is still a vice president and such comments do not suit his office’s dignity. It seems he is making such comments to find political shelter after retirement,”
Vijayvargiya said. Nobody expects such ‘petty comments’ from a person holding such a high post, he added.
Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu also rejected as ‘political propaganda’ the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities, though Naidu did not name Ansari.
“Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due,” Naidu said.
He also disagreed with the view that there is growing intolerance, saying Indian society is the most tolerant in the world because of its people and civilisation.
There is tolerance that is why democracy is so successful, he said.
Ansari, whose second five-year term as the vice president ended on Thursday, said in an interview that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, claiming that the ambience of acceptance is now under threat.
Ansari’s remarks come against the backdrop of incidents of alleged intolerance and violence by self-proclaimed cow protectors, for which opposition parties have attacked the Central government.
Asked about incidents of alleged intolerance, Naidu said India is a huge country and there could be some ‘stray’ occurrences, which are ‘nothing but aberrations’.
He, however, added that “Nobody can justify attacks on fellow citizens on the basis of community”. Such incidents should be condemned and action should be taken by appropriate authorities, he said.
Naidu also said that some people go to the extent of ‘defaming’ the county by raising such issues at international forums. Some do it to create rift between communities and derive political mileage, he said, adding the basic problem arises due to vote bank politics and due to treating a community as a vote bank.