Najma Heptulla feelers to BJP: Want to fight vice-presidential polls

There has been speculation about a gubernatorial post for Heptulla, as she has touched the unofficial Cabinet “cut-off” of 75 years.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: July 21, 2016 1:21 am
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DAYS AFTER her resignation as the Union Minority Affairs minister, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Najma Heptulla has sent feelers to the party leadership that even if she is now sent to a Raj Bhawan as Governor, she would want to contest the vice-presidential elections next year, it is learnt.

There has been speculation about a gubernatorial post for Heptulla, as she has touched the unofficial Cabinet “cut-off” of 75 years.

Heptulla, a relative of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first education minister, had been fielded by the NDA in the vice-presidential race in 2007.

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She was pipped to the post by the incumbent, Hamid Ansari. Ansari subsequently got a second term, which ends in 2017.

Sources in the BJP said she has given indications to senior leaders that although she would not turn down a Governor’s position if offered to her now, that would not keep her from contesting the vice-presidential elections when the opportunity comes next year. Heptulla has reportedly told BJP leaders that her defeat was almost a foregone conclusion in 2007, but the fact that she fought the losing battle had made former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee commit that whenever the NDA has the numbers to push through its own candidate for the vice-president’s job, she would be the automatic choice.

Heptulla resigned from the Cabinet on July 12, a day after returning from a vacation in the US, where she was visiting her family. Although her imminent exit from the cabinet had been a matter of speculation for months, the fact that her name appeared in the list of ministers after the July 5 reshuffle had left many, including her party colleagues, surprised.

Heptulla, however, has maintained that she resigned for personal reasons and was not asked to put in her papers.

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    ashok s
    Jul 21, 2016 at 1:08 am
    That will be unfair to advani, mm joshi, jashwant Singh, Mr sinha
    1. H
      Jul 21, 2016 at 5:53 am
      Najma Heptulla could be the right choice, who can be accepted both NDA as well as UPA consuents and others, thereby giving a good example of no politics with the post of Vice Presidential seat.
      1. S
        Jul 21, 2016 at 2:20 am
        REMOVAL OF DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF RAJYA;br/gt;must be initiated by Samajwadi Party in Rajya;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Since NDA now has majority in Rajya Sabha, usless Kurien must be;br/gt;Corrupt dumb Kurien refuses to invoke Rule 255 against disrupting members of House. He cannot control the house and keeps saying "sit down," "listen to me,", "what you want me to do," "no no, what I am saying is..," etc. and cannot not talk in a clear, complete;br/gt;SO, he must be removed and replaced with someone intelligent and favorable to;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Under Article 90 of Consution of India, Samajwadi Party (SP) must give 14 day's notice for moving resolution motion to remove Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. lt;br/gt;Then a vote will be held to remove him from;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Najma Heptulla is too old to run the house. She will not be able to control the house business to ensure intelligent discussion. A younger, intelligent, and commanding person is needed with demonstrated managerial skill in crowd control.
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Jul 21, 2016 at 12:58 am
          President post is best for her
          1. M
            Jul 21, 2016 at 6:49 am
            Can anyone tell what she has done for the society or what is her biggest achievement? She is having only one qualification that she is a relative of late Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. She is a most un-loyal person and if BJP thinks she is a muslim face then very wrong umption.
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