Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Thursday criticised the outgoing vice-president Hamid Ansari for his comment that “a feeling of unease is creeping in” among the Indian Muslims. The party leaders said such comments did not suit his office’s dignity.

The BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said nobody expected such “petty comments” from a person holding such a high place.

“I condemn his comments. He has made political comments as he is retiring. He is still a vice president and such comments do not suit his office’s dignity. It seems he is making such comments to find political shelter after retirement,” Vijayvargiya said.

Ansari’s successor Venkaiah Naidu also hit out at him, saying minority issue was being used for political purposes. He said the agenda should be the development of the country.

Ansari, 80, had said that there is a breakdown of Indian values and the ability of authorities at different levels in different places to be able to enforce what should be normal law enforcing work.

Condemning the remark, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said there is no better country for Muslims than India.

“(There is) no better country than India for Muslims and no better friend than Hindus,” Shahnawaz Hussain said.

The outgoing vice-president Hamid Ansari, whose second five-year term ends today, had said in an interview that a sense of insecurity is creeping in as a result of the dominant mood created by some and the resultant intolerance and vigilantism. The comments came in the wake of incidents of “intolerance” and cow vigilantism.

(With inputs from ANI)

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