VP’s Affirmative Action Call Draws VHP Wrath


New Delhi: The Vishwa hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday slammed Vice-President Hamid Ansari for his call for ‘affirmative action’ for Muslims. VHP termed the call as ‘political’ and ‘communal’ which undermined the dignity of his office.

The Hindutva organisation said such a demand seeks to “push Muslims in dark alleys of dissatisfaction whose consequences will be dangerous”. “With due respect to the Vice-President’s chair, the VHP condemns this rank communal statement. This is a political statement which does not befit the office of a Vice-President,” VHP’s Surendra Jain said.

Jain said Indian Muslims enjoy more constitutional rights than they do in many Muslim countries, claiming that they have been appeased by various means over the years. He said Ansari should apologise for his “unfortunate” statement.

Making a strong pitch to develop strategies to address problems of identity and security confronting Muslims in the country, Ansari had sought an “affirmative action” from the government, which espouses the policy of ‘growth for all’. “Affirmative action is key to sabka saath, sabka vikas (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet slogan in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections),” Ansari said at an event in New Delhi on Monday.