Najma Heptullah

  • Bullet News: Catch the day's top stories 3 days ago

    Bullet News is CNN-IBN's non-stop prime time bulletin where we bring to you the day's top stories from around the world. Be it politics, sports, entertainment or business, catch it here, only in 30 minutes. ...
  • News 360: Pak made spectacle of talks, says PM Modi 3 days ago

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some tough words for Pakistan on Friday. In an interaction with the Japanese media ahead of his Saturday visit to the country, Modi said that he was "disappointed that Pakistan had sought to make a spectacle of talks" and went ahead and held meetings with...
  • Live Blog: Najma Heptullah on Hindu-Hindi comment row 4 days ago

    Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah clarified her stand on the controversial statement made on Friday. Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and that she used the word "Hindi" and not "Hindu' for Indians. Heptullah had faced flak Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and...
  • Used 'Hindi' for Indians not 'Hindu', Najma Heptullah clarifies stand after facing criticism 4 days ago

    New Delhi: After facing flak for saying that there is nothing wrong with the term Hindu being applied equally to all citizens as a national identity, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah has been forced to issue a clarification. Defending her stand, Heptullah said that saying her words have been misinterpreted and...
  • Madhya Pradesh attains political prominence in 16th Lok Sabha June 8, 2014

    The 16th Lok Sabha not only altered the political scenario in world’s biggest democracy—India—but these elections for sure have changed political stature of Madhya Pradesh. The state which elected Bharatiya Janata Party for three consecutive times in the state assembly in recent past played a key role in the thumping victory...
  • FTP: Will more women in Cabinet lead to greater women's empowerment? May 27, 2014

    Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. CNN-IBN Deputy Sagarika Ghose asks the panel of experts if more women in Cabinet would lead to greater women's empowerment. ...
  • Meet the women in PM Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Seven MPs represent the female brigade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 45-member Council of Ministers. Six out of the seven enjoy Cabinet rank. Barring Nirmala Sitharaman, who has been made Minister of State with Independent Charge, rest including Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti and Najma Heptulla, the lone Muslim face,...
  • Modi is reaching out to backwards as well as Muslims: Najma Heptullah June 14, 2014

    BJP MP Najma Heptullah said that unlike Congress, Narendra Modi was reaching out not just to Muslims but to those who are from the backward class and his slogan is development for all. Najma Heptullah is the lone Muslim face in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and is likely to get...
  • Najma Heptullah- the only Muslim face in Narendra Modi Cabinet June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Grand-niece of eminent freedom fighter Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Najma Heptullah is the lone Muslim face in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. Once a prominent Congress member in the Rajya Sabha, she left the party in 2004 due to a strain in relationship with top party leaders for her close...
  • Will accept whatever role BJP gives me: Najma Heptullah May 26, 2014

    BJP leader Najma Heptullah has said she will accept whatever responsibility her party gives her. ...
  • TMC has got message for development for last 3 years: Derek O'Brien May 16, 2014

    Senior TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that they have got a message for the development in West Bengal for the last 3 years. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai the TMC leader also said that this was very difficult election for them. On the other side, after getting victory BJP...
  • Congress trying to spook people by raising Modi bogey: Najma November 16, 2013

    Taking a strong exception to linking Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi with the 2002 communal riots, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Najma Heptullah on Saturday said Congress was trying to create a Modi bogey by "spooking" people into backing that party. "It is a historical fact that during BJP rule in Gujarat...
  • Watch: Face-off between Congress, BJP leaders on Antony's statement August 8, 2013

    Backtracking on his initial statement on the latest killings at the LoC, Defence Minister AK Antony directly blamed the Pakistani Army for the attack. The BJP is up in arms saying the earlier statement was a big faux pas on part of the government. CNN-IBN spoke to Congress leader Jagdambika...
  • BJP to raise Ram Singh's suicide in Parliament March 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said it will raise in Parliament the suicide in Tihar jail on Monday of Ram Singh, main accused in the Dec 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old. "We want to know the circumstances behind the suicide of Ram Singh. It is highly irresponsible...
  • Afzal Guru hanged: Najma Heptullah remembers the day Parliament was attacked February 9, 2013

    BJP leader Najma Heptullah has welcomed Afzal Guru's execution. ...
  • Fatwa against Kashmir girls' rock band motivated: BJP February 5, 2013

    Jammu: The BJP on Monday described the 'fatwa' against the all-girl rock band in Kashmir as an attemptby certain fundamentalist groups to "Talibanise" society. Taking strong exception to the 'fatwa' (religious decree) issued by grand mufti Bashir-ud-din-Ahmed, head of the Muslim clergy in Kashmir, against the all-girl rock band, state BJP...
  • Should an all-women band be deemed un-Islamic? February 4, 2013

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that full security will be provided to the members of the state's first girl band if they wanted to pursue their music career. ...
  • J&K: Parties decry fatwa as girl band decides to quit February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that full security will be provided to the members of the state's first girl band if they wanted to pursue their music career. "The decision to continue or not continue lies with the band. Jammu and Kashmir always...
  • J&K: Political parties slam fatwa against girl band February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir today lost its only all-girls rock band, Pragaash, as its three teenage members decided to call it quits, a day after the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it. The band hit the limelight in December 2012...
  • Flies inside high-security Parliament! May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Security in Parliament may be very intense but some intruders managed to get in on Wednesday - flies. Amidst an animated debate on a health bill in the Rajya Sabha, a few flies troubled some members who could not resist seeking protection from the Chair. "Sir, there are a...
  • Heptullah, Kulaste among 5 elected to RS from MP March 22, 2012

    Bhopal: Four BJP nominees and one from Congress were on Thursday declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. The four BJP candidates who were declared elected are Najma Heptullah, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Thawarchand Gehlot. The...
  • Hamid Ansari is India's 13th Vice-President August 11, 2007

    New Delhi: Hamid Ansari has been elected as India's 13th Vice-President. The UPA-Left nominee polled 455 votes as against NDA candidate, Najma Heptullah's 222 votes and UNPA candidate, Rashid Masood's 75 votes. The election was held after former Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat resigned following his defeat in the Presidential elections last...
  • Vice-Presidential election today, Ansari set to win August 10, 2007

    New Delhi: Like in the Presidential polls, the NDA's unity may be tested again in the Vice-Presidential elections voting for which began at at 1000 hours (IST) on Friday. The BJP has made it clear that the Shiv Sena's decision on who to vote for in the Vice-Presidential election will determine...
  • Vice-President candidates: Lucky by birth? July 24, 2007

    New Delhi: After the Presidential race, the spotlight has moved to the Vice-Presidential election which is already witnessing its share of politicking with every political party keen on presenting its secular credentials. All the three candidates fielded so far are Muslims. And while, they may be "career Muslims", it’s their...
  • Najma Heptullah is BJP's nominee for Vice-President July 22, 2007

    New Delhi: The NDA on Sunday decided to back former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah for the post of Vice-President. "I know that the numbers are not in my party's favour, but still it's an election and we are a major political force in the country and it's without doubt...
  • Najma Heptulla under CBI scanner November 3, 2006

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) began on Friday probing charges of corruption and financial irregularities against Rajya Sabha MP Najma Heptulla during her tenure as Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) chairperson. The investigation against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Najma Heptulla was ordered on the directions...