Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari sparked a new controversy on his last day of office by taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In one of his interviews to the Rajya Sabha TV on Wednesday evening, Ansari said there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country.
Hamid Ansari sparked a new controversy just before completing his second term as the vice-president of India by taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In one of his interviews to the Rajya Sabha TV on Wednesday evening, Ansari said there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country. His comments came in the backdrop of incidents of intolerance and cow vigilantism and some controversial comments against minority community made by a few BJP leaders in the last few years. Ansari (80), who completed his second tenure as the VP of India, said that he had raised his concerns with the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues.
This isn’t the first time when Ansari voiced concerns over social issues affecting India or criticised PM Narendra Modi’s moves or actions of the Centre. Here are five such examples:
1. Last year, when Hamid Ansari led an Indian delegation to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela’s Margarita Island in the absence of Prime Minister Modi, he had said that NAM was not a conference of Prime Ministers. “India is participating. NAM is not a conference of Prime Ministers. Prime Ministers have been going but there have been occasions when PMs, for a variety of reasons, have not been able to go, but India’s participation remains,” Ansari was quoted as saying by NDTV.
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2. After returning from his Nigeria visit last year in October, Hamid Ansari once again took on the Prime Minister on the issue of terror attacks, saying India can’t be on the receiving end of attacks all the time. “The prime minister had said ‘we will do it and do it in the time and method of our choosing’. How you do that is something left to the judgement of the government and the professionals in charge of this,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. “You can’t be the recipient of terrorist attacks all the time and do nothing about it. The government has stated very clearly why action was necessary, terror launch pads were identified and taken care of”. He said both African countries he visited also expressed their resolve in fighting terrorism.
3. Ansari wasn’t initially happy with Modi government’s approach after the Uri terror attack in September last year. He asked for a befitting reply. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed”, said Ansari. He said such attacks were the “result of the use of cross-border terrorism by one particular country in our region. We shall deal with such provocations in a befitting manner,” according to a report by PTI.
4. The first International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21, 2014 following efforts of PM Narendra Modi but Ansari was the only senior Constitutional office-bearer who didn’t take part in the event that was organised on the Rajpath. Later, Ansari revealed he was not invited to the event, according to a report by DailyO.
5. In his last interview, the outgoing Vice-President once again took on the Centre, saying there is a feeling of unease creeping in. “Yes it is a correct assessment, from all I hear from different quarters, the country; I heard the same thing in Bangalore, I have heard from other parts of the country, I hear more about in north India, there is a feeling of unease, a sense of insecurity is creeping in,” he said, as per PTI.