New Delhi, Aug 10: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders sharply reacted to outgoing Vice President Dr Hamid Ansari’s statements expressing concern over the “growing insecurity among minorities, specifically the Dalits, Muslims and Christians”. Accusing Ansari of playing ‘Muslim politics’, the BJP leaders said he is sending out feelers to the Opposition camp.

BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya condemned the statement of Ansari, calling them “political statements by someone who should remain above politics”.

Ansari’s remarks were uncalled for, Vijayavargiya said, adding that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving to maintain communal harmony across the nation.

Vijayavargiya said he not only disagrees with him, but also seeks to know why he did not express such concern while holding the Office of V-P.

“He couldn’t talk like this before but now he is outgoing, in search of a political role he is making such statements that are inappropriate for a person at such a position,” Vijayavargiya was quoted as saying by a news channel.

Similar views were expressed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Questioning Ansari over his claim about the ‘growing insecurity among Muslims’, Lekhi asked what steps did he take under his tenure to address the issue.

“Why didn’t he work to address this insecurity rather than making such remarks now? The actual reason behind such statement is his will to indulge in Muslim politics after demitting the Office,” Lekhi said, while speaking to ABP News.

Ansari, while speaking to the Rajya Sabha TV in his final interview as the Vice President, said he had written to the Prime Minister and concerned Union Ministers about his apprehensions over the ‘insecurity among minorities’.

Lekhi, however, said “mere writing of letters” could not be counted as his contribution. “As the Vice President, he was supposed to procure data and analyse. At least that much could had been done by his Office,” the New Delhi lawmaker added, further claiming that a factual study would prove that Modi government is acting in the interest of minorities.

Ansari, who presided as the Vice President for 10 years, was scheduled to demit Office on Thursday. He is being replaced by former Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.