A day before assuming office of the Vice-President of India, Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that "people try to use minority issues for political purposes". His remarks come as outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said that a sense of “unease” has gripped the Muslim community of the country.
Speaking to media as he prepared to assume office, Naidu said, "Agenda of politics should be development. India is the most tolerant country in the world. Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other. People try to use minority issues for political purposes."
The former Union minister who has also served as the BJP president, said India is the "best model of secularism."
He further said, "Unfortunately, now in politics three Cs have entered - Cash, Caste and Community. We must return to 4 Cs - Character, Calibre, Capacity and Conduct."