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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
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Minister of Minority Affairs
Assumed office
03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Deputy Virendra Kumar
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by V Narayanasamy
Succeeded by Vijay Goel
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Minority Affairs
In office
12 July 2016 – 03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Minister of State for Minority Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 12 July 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Najma Heptulla
Succeeded by Virendra Kumar
MP of Rajya Sabha for Jharkhand
Assumed office
8 July 2016
Preceded by M. J. Akbar
Constituency Jharkhand
MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh
In office
5 July 2010 – 4 July 2016
Constituency Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1957-10-15) 15 October 1957 (age 60)
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Seema Naqvi
Children 1
Alma mater Asian Academy of Higher Studies, Noida[1][2]

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (About this sound pronunciation  is the vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

Early and Personal life

Naqvi was born to AH Naqvi and Sakina Begum on 15 October 1957 at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India.[4] He studied arts and mass communication.[5] Naqvi married Seema Naqvi, a Hindu by birth on 8 June 1983 and they have a son together.[4][6]

Political career

Naqvi was jailed at the age of 17 in 1975 during the period of Emergency at the Naini Central Jail in Maharashtra due to his political activities. As a student leader, he had also participated in the activities of the Janata Party.[7] Naqvi unsuccessfully contested elections for the legislative assembly of Uttar Pradesh in 1980 as a candidate of Janata Party (Secular). He also contested elections as an independent candidate in 1980 Lok Sabha elections from the Ayodhya constituency.[7] He was elected to the 1998 Lok Sabha from Lok Sabha, and subsequently given the post of Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.[7]

He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2016.[8]

He became Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs on 26 May 2014 in Narendra Modi ministry.[9] After resignation of Najma Heptulla on 12 July 2016, he got independent charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.[10][11]



According to Naqvi, a "baseless" campaign had been started by Congress party to prevent Indian Muslims from joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. Naqvi has also said that he does not harbour the allegations of Congress that as BJP came to power, there was nobody to cause riots against the minority community.[12]


Naqvi feels that Muslims don't desert other Muslims if they are given important posts in the Bharatiya Janata Party.[12] For the party to increase support amongst the Muslims; he opines that they should feel that they are "equal citizens of this country", and also "understand that the bill on Muslim Personal Law will not take away their right to practise their religion". In addition, the party should also make them aware of the works done by the Vajpayee government.[12]

Naqvi has also said that there is "no justification" for the 2002 Gujarat riots.[13] In November 2015, when actor Aamir Khan said that he felt of leaving the country, Naqvi defended by saying that he had made the comment "in a hurry or maybe under influence from others".[14]


Naqvi has said that Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are two "separate entities" and each of them has different views on different issues.[15] According to him RSS is a nationalist organization and not an "anti-national organisation" one.[16]


Naqvi has written three books - Syah (1991), Danga (1998) and Vaisali (2008).[7]


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  3. ^ "A BJP candidate who believes in namaz and Hindu gods", Thaindian News, IANS, 5 May 2009 
  4. ^ a b "Detailed Profile: Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi", 
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  6. ^ "'Love jihad? BJP's Naqvi, Shahnawaz have Hindu wives'", The Times of India 
  7. ^ a b c d "Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Muslim face of BJP, stages a comeback", The Economic Times, 9 November 2014 
  8. ^ "Rajya Sabha polls: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Mahesh Poddar win in Jharkhand", The Indian Express, 11 June 2016 
  9. ^ "Asaduddin Owaisi's help to IS suspects will fuel terror: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi", The Indian Express, 4 July 2016 
  10. ^ "Najma Heptulla, G M Siddeshwara resign from Modi Cabinet", India Today, 12 July 2016 
  11. ^ "Why Najma Heptulla, G M Siddeswara were forced to quit Modi Cabinet", Business Standard, 13 July 2016 
  12. ^ a b c "'Muslims have begun to feel that the campaign unleashed by the Congress against the BJP was totally baseless'". Rediff. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Q & A: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Aamir may have been under someone's influence: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi". The Hindu. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "BJP minority leader defends party". The Hindu. 21 October 2000. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Hindu or Muslim, if anyone tries to create atmosphere of fear, the public will reject them: Naqvi". The Indian Express. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

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