Vice-President elect M. Venkaiah Naidu, a day before his swearing-in ceremony, on Thursday,  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.

He added, “Unfortunately, some people are trying to blow it out of proportion and trying to defame India, raising it to the national forum.”

Hamid Ansari, the outgoing Vice President before demitting the office said that the Muslims in the country were experiencing a ‘feeling of unease’.

Naidu’s remarks came shortly after Ansari’s statement. Naidu said, Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other,” he said, a day before he will be sworn in. “People try to use minority issues for political purposes. Despite different languages, different attires, our country is one. Unity in the diversity is India’s speciality.”

The vice president-elect also urged the government to take action against those who indulge in acts of cow vigilantism. “Incidents of a man attacking another man in the name of cow and religion and caste have to be condemned,” Naidu said. “Governments at various levels should act upon them…secularism is practiced in a distorted manner.”

Naidu believes that India is the best model for secularism.

Ansari on the other hand, in his last address as Vice President, said that democracy would turn into tyranny if opposition groups are not given the right to free criticism, adding that a democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to the minority.

 Ansari demits from office on Thursday after occupying it for two consecutive term

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