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Cabinet reshuffle: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi elevated as BJP’s chief Muslim face

NEW DELHI: Parliamentary affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi‘s vocal role from the treasury benches to take on the numerically strong opposition in the House of Elders, his combative articulation as well as focus on key programmes such as those relating to education in the minority ministry have paid off.

Not long ago, there was a time when Naqvi had to play second fiddle to senior leader Najma Heptullah and there were reports about differences between the two leaders.

While Heptullah has been shifted to a Raj Bhavan, Naqvi has been silently working in an uncontroversial manner.

Coining poll slogans to being one of the most visible party spokespersons, Naqvi has come a long way. His elevation to the cabinet rank makes him the most prominent Muslim Face in the saffron party.

Naqvi was a party vicepresident in 1998. He was elected to LS on a BJP ticket for the first time in 1998. He went on to join the Vajpayee government as MoS (I&B).

A three-term RS and one-time LS MP, Naqvi is one of the most experienced ministers in the Modi cabinet with vast parliamentary affairs experience. Naqvi’s elevation will put another Muslim leader in BJP, Shahnawaz Hussain, in the shade.

Source : timesofindia



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