Hamid Ansari accorded warm farewell in Rajya Sabha

Members recalled Hamid Ansari's contribution towards enriching Parliament's functioning. Pic/PTI
Members recalled Hamid Ansari's contribution towards enriching Parliament's functioning. Pic/PTI

On his last day as Rajya Sabha Chairman, Hamid Ansari was yesterday accorded a warm farewell by leaders from across the political spectrum, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he had done his best to uphold the Constitution.

Ansari served two terms as the Vice President by virtue of which he was the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha as well.

Vice President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday rejected as "political propaganda" the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country, apparently a rejoinder to Ansari.

Though Naidu did not name anyone, his comments are seen as a response to Ansari's remarks in a TV interview that there was unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, and that "ambience of acceptance" is now under threat. "Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due," Naidu said.

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