'Your diplomatic insights were invaluable': Modi to Vice President Ansari

Sense of insecurity among Muslims triple talaq a social aberration not religious requirement Hamid Ansari

Earlier, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had criticised the vice president for his comment that there was a sense of insecurity among Muslims and said such a "petty" remark was not expected from someone in his position. But on the last few days in office, Ansari has spoken more like a political leader whose views are same as that of the Congress party, which nominated him to the top post, and the stated view of its topmost leaders' - Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh - on the subject.

The outgoing VP also said that he has shared his concerns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues.

PM Modi added that Dr Ansari's diplomatic insights were invaluable, especially when he used to hold discussions before and after his bilateral visits across the world.

"Breakdown of Indian values, breakdown of the ability of the authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work and overall the very fact that the Indianness of any citizen is being questioned is a disturbing thought", he said in an interview to a television channel.

He made these remarks in the backdrop of incidents of intolerance and cow vigilantism and comments made by some saffron leaders regarding the minority community.

Hamid Ansari, whose tenure as Vice-President comes to a close on Thursday, was given a farewell in the Rajya Sabha where he has served as Chairman for the last decade.

"I condemn his comments".

A career-diplomat and politician Mohammad Hamid Ansari ends his two successful terms as Vice-President of India today. "He must read first during which government Muslims were more insecure", Lekhi said. "I am grateful to you and your talent in leading the way for the nation", Modi said.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also wished Ansari the best and said he was grateful to the "best" Chairman compared to the others. That's all. I mean a marriage has to be recognised on certain occasions by the system of the state. "You will have a feeling of freedom and you will get an opportunity to work, think and talk according to your ideology", Mr. Modi told the outgoing Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

To a poser on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Ansari said, "the problem has always primarily been a political problem".

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