Hamid Ansari looking for political shelter: BJP’s Vijayvargiya on Muslim remark

Ansari, whose second five-year term as the vice president ends today, on Wednesday has said in an interview to Karan Thapar on Rajya Sabha TV said that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, stating that the "ambience of acceptance" is now under threat.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Hamid Ansari, hamid ansari speech, ansari modi, sabka sath sabka vishwas, modi slogan, Vice President, Venkaiah naidu, Democracy, Indian, Indian Express, President, Vice President, Indian Express Interview Outgoing Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari at his residence. Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi.

Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari attracted sharp criticism from a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader for his remarks that there was a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country. While stating that such a “petty” remark was not expected from someone in Ansari’s position, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya wondered if the outgoing V-P 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,” PTI has quoted Vijayvargiya as saying.

He added: “Nobody expects such “petty comments” from a person holding such a high post.”

Vijayvargiya’s strong reactions come on a day when political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave farewell speeches praising Ansari in Parliament.

Ansari, whose second five-year term as Vice-President draws to an today, in an interview to Karan Thapar on Rajya Sabha TV, said there was a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, stating that the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.  His remarks come  in the backdrop of incidents of alleged intolerance and violence by cow vigilantes.

In the interview, Ansari also spoke about incidents of lynching and ‘ghar wapsi’ and killings of rationalists as a “breakdown of Indian values”. He said, “breakdown of the ability of the authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work and over all the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought.”

(With PTI inputs)

With PTI Inputs

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    Ramesh Salgotra
    Aug 11, 2017 at 6:43 am
    He may be joining Rahul Baba
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      Chattur Chamar
      Aug 11, 2017 at 5:42 am
      A genuine comment against BJP is like a dagger in heart. If they are so sensitive and touchy against such comments why don't BJP stop the agenda of Hindutva and all the bull which is anyway doomed to failure. By hook or crook if BJP and RSS the terrorists wing of Hindu peasent mentality is trying to bring the Manu rule to subjugate the free folks they should make their skins hard. As in GoT Winter is coming for years... opposition free India is just a day dream. Jai Ambedkar
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        Lovely
        Aug 11, 2017 at 5:33 am
        Anasari comments are atrocious and insulting. His statements are political. He could have used different language with dignity. VP post is not like VP of Congress.
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          Chattur Chamar
          Aug 11, 2017 at 5:46 am
          At least BJP and special this guy the VP of BJP is having less dignity in all comparisons to the VP of India. Shame on him to make such a comment political for him and Hindu terrorist wing RSS.
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          Akansha Puneet
          Aug 11, 2017 at 5:04 am
          This face Suwarvargiya has 8 rape charges against him leave alone child trafficking and involvement in abuse case. Why is this filthy sanghi targeting the vice president? Looks like he didn't find any varnika on the roads after returning from the rss shelters
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            lb
            Aug 11, 2017 at 3:16 am
            India IS SOME TIMES A VIOLENT COUNTRY- MUSLIMS AND HINDUS AGAINST EACH OTHER- MEN AGAINST WOMEN- MANY AGAINST CHILDREN- YES MUSLIMS SCARED OF COW VIGILANTES- BUT THAN HINDUS SCARED OF MUSLIMS IN KASHMIR, WEST BENGAL ,KERALA. MUSLIMS ARE DISRCIMINATED IN USA- THEIR MOSQUES GETTING BOMBED- ITS NOT THAT MUSLIMS FEEL INSECIURE- LOTS OF PEOPLE FEEL INSECURE IN INDIA AND ELSEWHERE- IMAGINE MUSLIMS IN PAKISTAN- DAILY BOMBINGS, SECTERIAN KILLINGS. I THINK THAT THE COW VIGILANTES WILL BE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL SOON- HOWEVER MUSLIMS MUST MODERNISE, HET INTO THE MAIN STREAM- THTS THE SOLUTION TO THEIR PROBLEMS -THERE ARE NO SOLUTIONS FOR HINDUS IN KASHMIR
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              RJ
              Aug 11, 2017 at 3:04 am
              Ansari is a congressiwallah who has lived on doles from his political masters. Like his congressi masters, he thinks that muslims in India are en led to special privileges and Hindus are second class class citizens with no rights. Speeches from people like Ansari and Sonia are actually generating sympathy and support for cow vigilantes, ghar wapasi brigade and love jihad warriors. Anyway, good riddance!
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                sahil
                Aug 11, 2017 at 2:24 am
                Compared to Ansari's internationally recognised credentials vijayavargiya is a nobody, just because jhandelwalan is in power does not change the truth
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                  gopal
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 2:03 am
                  Why BJP is using Hindu Remarks for political gains. you should be ashamed that Modi used hinduvata to win UP elections, Have you people have shame pin pointing at others,
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