Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has resigned from his post. He was handling the minority affairs department in the Modi government. He is a member of Rajya Sabha and his term is going to end on Thursday. BJP has not sent Naqvi to Rajya Sabha this time. At the same time, the reason behind his resignation is not known, but there is a lot of speculation in the political corridor that he can be made the Vice President.
According to reports, the ruling BJP has been continuously churning out a representative of the minority community for the second-highest constitutional post (Vice President). All this is happening at a time when the BJP has faced sharp criticism for the remarks of Prophet Muhammad by suspended spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
The term of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is ending on August 10. At the same time, the last date for nomination for the post of Vice President is July 19. Elections for the post of Vice President will be held on 6 August. According to reports, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, former Union Minister Najma Heptulla and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh are also in the race.
In a meeting, PM Modi lauded Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for his contribution to the country and people as a minister. Along with Naqvi, the PM also praised Ramchandra Prasad Singh. The terms of the two MPs are set to end tomorrow and PM Modi’s praise is being seen as an indication that this was his last cabinet meeting. At the same time, soon after the meeting, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met BJP President JP Nadda at the party headquarters.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh have been the only two ministers in the current Modi government, who were ministers in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.