Newly elected Vice President and ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu was welcomed in the Upper House on Friday with loud thumping of desks for several seconds. "Yet it keeps on going, progressing., it is largely because people of your capacity have guided this country in various capacities from time to time", Singh said to Ansari. "Also, what Naidu has said is true- saying that this was nothing but a "political propaganda" is absolutely correct".
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya has lashed out at Ansari, saying his remark was an insult to the country. "I condemn his comments".
Speaking in the RS on Hamid Ansari's last day in office as Vice-President, PM Modi said, "Your family has been in public life for nearly hundred years. You will also feel free and work, think and speak according to your core thinking", Modi said, reported IANS.
In the last few years, Ansari has occasionally been criticised by members of the National Democratic Alliance.
Ansari - the only Vice President to complete two terms in office - joins the growing clamour for the need to protect minorities and preserve the "ambience of acceptance" in the country today, says the "the very fact that Indianness of any citizen is being questioned is a disturbing thought". "Even after retirement, your work was the same - be it the Minority Commission or Aligarh University (where Ansari was vice-chairman), your circle was the same", he said. In the speech at Hamid Ansari's farewell PM Modi said that he got to know the real meaning of career diplomat after becoming Prime Minister.
Mr Naidu, before proceeding to the Rashtrapati Bhavan paid tributes to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat, Deen Dayal Upadhyay at DDU park and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Patel Chowk.
Hamid Ansari while giving an interview to Rajya Sabha TV when asked if the recent lynching and violence by cow vigilantes made the country's Muslim community apprehensive, he replied that Muslims are afraid.
"Whenever I met you, I learnt a lot from you". It is unbecoming for such high stature to make such sweeping comments.
"All constitutional positions today are occupied by poor or sons of farmers or commoners", he said referring to President Ram Nath Kovind also coming from a similar background.
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