As Former Vice-President, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, bids adieu to the office, BJP’s right hand man and Union Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, is ready to take over the office and become the thirteenth vice president of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to 68-year-old Naidu at a grand ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his cabinet members.
Soon after being elected to the post, Naidu said that he – being the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha – would sincerely try to steer the functioning of the house without “fear or favour”, and uphold its dignity and decorum with the cooperation of all its members.
Former President of India stirred the controversy by stating there is a sense of fear and unease growing among Muslims in India. In the interview to Rajya Sabha TV, Hamid Ansari said, “Overall, the very fact that Indianness of any citizen being questioned is a disturbing thought”
On Wednesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi raised similar concerns during a speech in Parliament where she urged people to not let “dark forces” diminish India’s core values.
“Yes, it is a correct assessment. From all I hear from different quarters, the country. I heard the same thing in Bengaluru, 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 told journalist Karan Thapar during the interview after being asked to reflect on his statement in Bengaluru
Attacking former Vice President, PM Narendra Modi said in a farewell “I t is possible that there was some restlessness within you as well but from today you will not face that crisis” Narendra Modi further said, “You now have the joy of being liberated, and the opportunity to work, think and speak according to your core beliefs”