STORY: Outgoing Vice President, Hamid Ansari, on Thursday (August 10) said uniqueness of Indian democracy lay in its strength of providing purposeful exchange of views between parties with different ideologies without animosity.
Ansari, who demits office on Thursday, was delivering his farewell speech in the Upper Houses of the Parliament.
Deputy Chairman of Upper House of Indian Parliament, Pallath Joseph Kurien, hosted farewell dinner for Ansari in New Delhi, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-president-elect Venkaiah Naidu and other senior leaders.
Modi urged Ansari to pen down his experiences, which in turn would help improve the society and political system.
Ansari was first elected as the 13th Vice-President on August 10, 2007 and was re-elected to serve a second term in 2012.
The position of the vice president, like that of the president, is largely ceremonial under India’s constitution, in which the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues wield executive power.
However, the vice president runs the Rajya Sabha, or the upper house of parliament, where Modi’s government lacks a majority and has faced problems getting its legislative agenda through.