Hamid Ansari flags insecurity among minorities before stepping down as Vice-President

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Ansari also spoke a lot about the functioning of Rajya Sabha, Africans in India, and his relationship with the two presidents and the two PMs he saw during his 10-year reign.

On Thursday, referring to Ansari's background as a diplomat, the Prime Minister credited the outgoing vice president with giving him added perspective on visits and meetings held with global leaders. "There may have been some struggle within you [all these years], but from now onwards, you will not have to face this dilemma. You will have a feeling of freedom and you will get an opportunity to work, think and talk according to your ideology", the Prime Minister said. Modi launched a veiled attack on Ansari saying the former diplomat had a limited view and belief restricted to a certain circle (Muslim community). Your paternal grandfather as well as maternal grandfather happened to be presidents of Congress and also served as members of the Constituent Assembly.

In the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, rich tributes were paid to Ansari. What exactly, I am not the final word on it, but I think there are enough people in the country who are anxious about it.

Modi had earlier spoken out against atrocities on minorities, especially by cow protection groups and asked states to take action but critics say it came too late.

Expectedly unhappy about Ansari's comments on the unease among minorities in the country, the BJP chose to hit back at the outgoing vice president, alleging that since he will lose his constitutional office today, Ansari was now looking for a political role.

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That comment didn't go down well with another BJP leader either. He is still the vice president and such comments do not suit his office's dignity.

Ansari's comments are hardly explosive, with the same views being expressed by different people on different platforms.

'There is no better country than India for Muslims and no better friend than Hindus, ' said Shahnawaz Hussain, a leader of BJP, a right-wing nationalist formation linked to those sectors by the opposition.

The Vice President elect said he had a very meaningful journey and has given his best in whatever responsibility he was entrusted. Every moment was spent in the ambit of Constitution and running it (Rajya Sabha).

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, Union ministers including Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, Naidu, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and former prime minister Manmhan Singh were present on the occasion.

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