Dr. Najma A. Heptulla will be sworn-in as Manipur Governor at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan.
The Manipur Governor designate, Heptulla, arrived at the Imphal Airport on Saturday afternoon, where she was received by State Chief Secretary Oinam Nabakishore, along with Director General of Police L.M. Khaute, Imphal West Deputy Commissioner Ningthoujam Jeoffrey, Superintendent of Police Dr. A.K. Jhaljit and State Protocol Officer Rehanuddin Choudhury.
Heptulla’s appointment as Manipur governor comes after her resignation from the NDA Union cabinet last month on “age” grounds. The government is believed to have set an unwritten ‘75-year age bar’ for ministers and has kept veterans such as L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi out of the cabinet.
Heptullah’s two-year stint as minister for minority affairs was peppered with occasional controversial statements like when she questioned the logic of categorising Muslims as minorities or talked about the people of Hindustan being Hindus. Overall, Heptulla never let her ministerial charge come in the way of her unflinching loyalty to the BJP, with a resolute refusal to criticise controversial, often blatantly anti-Muslim statements of her party colleagues.