New Delhi: Outgoing Vice President, Mr. Hamid Ansari’s “Muslims insecure” sparked new debate. On Thursday, he said that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country, asserting the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.
Mr. Ansari made these remarks in the backdrop of incidents of intolerance, cow vigilantism and comments made by some saffron outfits regarding the minority community.
This statement of Hamid Ansari sparked debate and leader of different political parties reacted to it. Some supported him while others questioned his statement.
Mr. Paresh Rawal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP, took to twitter and apparently mocked Mr. Ansari by telling him to ‘get well soon’.
“Wishing shri Hamid Ansari ji a long and a healthy life so plz GET WELL SOON ! (sic),” Rawal tweeted.
Wishing shri Hamid Ansari ji a long and a healthy life so plz GET WELL SOON !
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) August 10, 2017
BJP worker Praveen Kumar Dikshit tweeted, “Hamid Ansari should have become a cleric of a madarsas, by mistake, he became Vice-President of the country.”
हामिद अंसारी को किसी मदरसे का मौलवी बनना चाहिए था ग़लती से देश का उपराष्ट्रपति बन गये
— Praveen Kumar Dixit (@IPraveenDixit) August 10, 2017
Commenting on the issue, Asaduddin Owaisi, MP of Hyderabad in a TV debate said that Mr. Hamid Ansari is the Vice President of India and the statement he gave should be taken sincerely instead of questioning his credentials.
Meanwhile, Vice President-elect, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday that the outgoing Vice President Mr. Hamid Ansari’s remarks that Muslims in India are feeling insecure were loaded with politics. Mr. Naidu maintained that there was no fear among the Muslims in India.
“Some people are saying Minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are safer and secure in India and they get their due,” Mr. Naidu told a section of the media.
“Agenda of politics should be development. People try to use minority issues for political purposes,” he added.