Hardoi (UP): Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Thursday said the state has to ensure the right to life to every citizen irrespective of faith or creed, remarks that assume significance against the backdrop of killing of a man by a mob over rumours that his family ate and stored beef in Greater Noida.
"The State has to ensure the Right to Life, enshrined in Article 21 of Indian Constitution, to every citizen of India, irrespective of the citizen's faith or creed.
"Citizens have a right to demand security and there could be no development till the security of citizens is assured," he said addressing a Quami Ekta Sammelan organized here in the presence of dignitaries including governor Ram Naik.
Ansari said that unity among the people of the country is essential for India's progress and development.
The vice-president said that a meeting of hearts and minds of the people was essential for India to move ahead.