Vice-President elect M Venkaiah Naidu, a day before his swearing-in ceremony, also said that the agenda of politics should be development, while also adding that India is the most tolerant country in the world.
“India is the most tolerant country. Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other. People try to use minority issues for political purposes,” he said, in an apparent attack on Ansari.
“Unfortunately, some people are trying to blow it out of proportion and trying to defame India, raising it to national forum,” he added.
Ansari, whose second five-year term as the vice president ends on Thursday, has said in an interview that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, claiming that the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.