Former Union minister for Minority Affairs, Najma Heptulla has now approached BJP leaders, and said that even though presently she may be sent to a RajBhawan as governer, Vice-presidential elections would be her aim, next year.
Heptulla who recently resigned from the post of Union minister of Minority Affairs, speculations have been rife that about her been made a governer, reason been her being more than 75 years of age which seems to be an unwritten criteria for cabinet ministers. She resigned on July 12 and it had been expected for some time, although her name still appeared in the list after PM Narendra Modi’s reshuffle.
BJP-led NDA in 2007, had fielded Heptulla for the vice-presidential elections.
Hamid Ansari, the current Vice President won that race and went on to serve a second term, which will end next year.
Sources told THE INDIAN EXPRESS had said she has clearly told leaders in BJP that she would contest the vice-presidential elections next year, and till then she does not mind being a governer. According to Heptulla the 2007 VP elections was a lost battle, and the fact that she still chose to fight it makes her an obvious choice. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, them Prime Minister, told her that if the party had enough numbers to push for its own candidate, it would do so.