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Sonia humiliated me: Heptullah

February 23, 2004 21:58 IST

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah on Monday said party chief Sonia Gandhi "humiliated" her.

In an interview to NDTV, she also praised Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "He is a good man, someone who only thinks about the nation," she said. "He is a leader you can respect and trust. The Congress leadership has lost that respect."

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She said the problem was not with the party, but "with the party leadership". "The present Congress leadership has moved away from the ideology of [Jawaharlal] Nehru, [Maulana Abdul Kalam] Azad, [Sardar] Patel and [Mahatma] Gandhi. This is not a leadership I respect."

She said there was no respect left for senior leaders and party workers in the Congress. "When I was elected chairperson of the International Parliamentarians Union, Gandhi did not even bother to call me. I have been subject to all kinds of humiliation over these years."

Asked whether she was preparing the ground to join the Bharatiya Janata Party, Heptullah said, "I have not taken any such decision, nor have I been approached by the BJP. I am happy with what I have for now. I am not hankering after anything. This is not about any position or Rajya Sabha seat, but about my dignity and self-respect."

The Congress leader from Maharashtra admitted that the violence in Gujarat had shamed her, but said this does not mean that the BJP was anti-minority. "I think Vajpayee is a leader the minorities also have faith in. I think minorities should also look to the future and not be trapped in the past."

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Sub: heptulla comments

Heptulla's words "forget the past and think for future". it is very easy to say forget past and think for future but practically it is ...

Posted by manu

Sub: Sonia humiliated me: Heptullah

These are just excuses given be defectors ( Petty Politicians) for switching over their loyalties which is not expected from a refined politician like Ms. ...

Posted by A.P.Singh

Sub: Hats off to Najma heptullah

This goes on to show the mindset of the present day politicians . These people doesnot have their own doctrines , Heptullah's stand on the ...

Posted by mk

Sub: heptullah just speaks rubbush

i think Mrs. Najma Heptullah simply speaks rubbish coz she is saying that vajpayee is a good person no matter how good is he only ...

Posted by Abshar

Sub: Sonia should apologise

Ms Sonia Gandhi, must make amends with Najma Heptullah at once . Najmaji has been a stalwart of the Congress & respected by all parties ...

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