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President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind, Manipur Governor and JMI Chancellor Najma Heptulla, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and JMI Vice-Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar during Jamia Millia Islamia's (JMI) Annual Convocation 2019, in New Delhi.

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Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla pays respects to former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley, at Greater Kailash, New Delhi.

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Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla calls on the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2013 to five-time Rajya Sabha member Najma A Heptulla as Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan look on, at the Central Hall of Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind being felicitated by Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh during Sangai Festival 2017 in Imphal.

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Manipur governor Najma Heptulla at Parliement, in New Delhi.

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Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla handing over the invitation letter to BJP leader Nongthombam Biren Singh to form the government of Manipur at Raj Bhavan, Imphal, Manipur.

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Najma A Heptulla is presented a bouquet after she took oath as new Manipur Governor, at Raj Bhavan in Imphal.

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File photo of Minority Affairs Minister Najma A. Heptulla who has resigned from the Cabinet.

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Chairperson of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited Indu Jain is felicitated in the presence of Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, Minority Affairs Minister Najma A. Heptulla, Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Acharya Lokesh Muni at the “World Peace Harmony Day” on the occasion of Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanti

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Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptullah, Menka Gandhi and former chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit during the inaugural session of the National Conference of Women Legislators in New Delhi.

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Minority Affairs Minister Najma A Heptulla with others at the 72nd meeting of the Central Waqf Council (CWC), in New Delhi.

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Nazma Heptullah at the inauguration of the 10th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission, in New Delhi.

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Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptulla, NS Tomar and Harsimrat Kaur after a Cabinet meeting at the PMO, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Najma Heptulla meets Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his daughter, PDP President and MP from south Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, at the CM’s residence in Srinagar.

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General V K Singh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Najma Heptulla, Minister of Minority Affairs and Senior BJP Leader, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain during the Minority Development Summit in Mumbai.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah during a meeting in Srinagar.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla at a meeting with the 41 Indian nationals after they returned home from Saudi Arabia where they were held in a prison for a year, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma A. Heptulla and Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani at a function to pay tributes to Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his birth anniversary, in the Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Union ministers DV Sadananda Gowda, Maneka Gandhi and Najma Heptulla after attending the first Cabinet Meeting of NDA government in New Delhi.

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Combo: President Pranab Mukherjee administers oath to Cabinet Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, DV Sadananda Gowda, Uma Bharti, Najma Heptualla, Gopinath Munde, Ramvilas Paswan and Kalraj Mishra at the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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No Names Now if you are Rajya Sabha MP Najma Heptullah, member of a recent parliamentary delegation to Bali to discuss the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda, names mean little, it’s the thought that matter. Like when she chaired a session at the summit, and names of fellow panelists and other speakers tumbled out in a mumbo-jumbo fashion, embarrassing everyone. Known for her impeccable pronunciation, Heptullah was unperturbed at being corrected and said non-familiarity with some names had led to the confusion. But the gaffes, and that too from such a veteran politician, led to much tittering among the audience.

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Women MPs Maya Singh, Najma Heptulla and Renuka Chowdary exchange flowers on the occasion of International Women's Day during the ongoing budget session at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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BJP leader Sushma Swaraj with Smriti Irani, Najma Heptulla and other NDA MPs talking to media during a protest at Parliament House against the recent gang rape case, in New Delhi.

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Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar with wife actress Shabana Azmi and BJP member Najma Heptulla at an Iftaar Party at 7RCR in New Delhi.

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The Actor, The Speaker Poems, not memoirs, happen to be the mode of revealing the self chosen by many Indian politicians. The newest versifier is Najma Heptullah, whose tactical switch to the BJP might have been her most spectacular turn of phrase. At the launch, nephew Aamir Khan lent his sonority to the stanzas.

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“What have these men who oppose it done for women in their own parties?”
Najma Heptullah, Rajya Sabha MP, BJP

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The left and the right together: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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The left and the right together: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat show victory sign as they celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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BJP leaders Najma Heptulla and Varun Gandhi in Houston, US.

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No, Brinda Karat has not joined the BJP. CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Najma Heptullah, and other women leaders during a demonstration for Women's Reservation Bill, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Monday 23 July
Setting the stage for a triangular contest in an all-Muslim race for the second highest office in the country, UPA-Left nominee Mohammad Hamid Ansari and NDA candidate Najma Heptulla have filed their nomination papers for the August 10 Vice Presidential poll and will clash with Third Front aspirant Rashid Masood, a former union minsiter and a Samajwadi Party MP. While Heptulla, the grand niece of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, had a over three-decades association with Congress before leaving the party to join BJP in 2004, 70 -year-old Mohd Hamid Ansari is a seasoned diplomat and currently the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. In the past, only two Muslims have held the office of Vice President -- Zakir Hussain was the second Vice President and Mohammed Hidyatullah was the sixth Vice President

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