Many taking advantage of dynasty, says Najma

NEW DELHI, MARCH 3. In a veiled criticism of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson, Najma Heptullah, today said ``many people'' were taking undue advantage of being part of a ``dynasty''.

Presenting the Hakim Ajmal Khan awards to physicians here, Ms. Heptullah said she had never taken advantage of being Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's grand-daughter to rise in politics. ``Now when I am told that the leadership of the Congress is angry, I feel these are small things.''

Ms. Heptullah, noted that India's achievements especially in the economic field were being appreciated around the world. ``I am not praising anyone, but we (Muslims) have to come out of our feelings of fear and suspicion.'' However, she refused to comment on where her political future lay. — PTI