Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rajya Sabha bids farewell to chairman Hamid Ansari

Rajya Sabha bids farewell to chairman Hamid Ansari

Ansari told the truth, considered Congress speaker Pratap Singh Bajwade, who extended the problem to other minorities such as Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also wished Ansari said he was grateful to the "best" Chairman the Rajya Sabha has had.

He concluded by thanking the members, staff and Secretary-General Shumsher Sharief for their cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the MPs, saying, "Your diplomatic insights were invaluable, especially when I discussed with you before and after my bilateral visits". "I am sure you retire from this House with great memories".

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. Asked "are they beginning to feel they are not wanted", Ansari said: "I would not go that far; there is a sense of insecurity".

"Not just the Muslims - any segment of society: If the requirement is to have comprehensive development; if the requirement is that everybody shall move, take one step forward and keep taking steps forward, then all have to be at the same starting point", VP Ansari said.

Several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders on Thursday attacked the outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari on his "sense of unease and insecurity creeping in among Muslims" comment; even as parliamentarians led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for exemplary and dignified conduct in their farewell speeches in the Rajya Sabha. 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". He called it a nostalgic occasion for the House.

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VP Ansari said this in an interview to the Rajya Sabha TV. He also stated considering the whole world, India is the most tolerant nation.

He said it has been a tradition of the Upper House of Parliament that no bill is passed amid the din, till the House is in order, and hoped that the traditions of the House would be respected under the new Chairman. "Also, what Naidu has said is true- saying that this was nothing but a "political propaganda" is absolutely correct".

Widely hailed as a gentleman and a scholar, M Hamid Ansari on Thursday stepped down as the vice president of India, bringing to an end what was largely an uncontroversial tenure with unexpected outspoken comments that stirred a national debate.

Ansari has been in the firing line of the other BJP leaders for his "Muslim comments".

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