Venkaiah Naidu comments on Indian values countering Hamid Ansari's expression of discomfiture


India is the most tolerant country in the world.

"He couldn't talk like this before but now he is outgoing, in search of a political role he is making such statements that are inappropriate for a person at such a position", Vijayavargiya was quoted as saying by a news channel.

He also said that "a democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minorities".

Modi said for the last 10 years, Ansari had to work within the confines of protocol.

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.

In the interview, Ansari also spoke about incidents of lynching and "ghar wapsi" and killings of rationalists as a "breakdown of Indian values". 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".

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'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.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also the leader of the House, referred to the frequent chaos that erupts in the Rajya Sabha and reminded Mr Ansari that he once called the Rajya Sabha "a federation of anarchists" which forged a debate on whether "anarchist" could be used in the context of the House.

Ansari said: "Deviation from the golden rule contributes neither to diligent policymaking nor to our claim to be a mature democracy based on rule of law".

As Hamid Ansari chaired his last session in the Rajya Sabha, top members of parliament flooded him with compliments.

Modi said Ansari focused on West Asia during his diplomatic career and associated with the "same kind of atmosphere, same kind of ideology and same kind of people". From all I hear from different quarters, the country.

"Yes.yes. But what passes between the Vice President and the Prime Minister in the nature of things must remain in the domain of privileged conversation", VP Hamid Ansari said.