Harsh Vardhan (Delhi politician)

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Harsh Vardhan BJP.jpg
Born (1954-12-13) 13 December 1954 (age 59)
Nationality Indian
Other names Harshvardhan
Education MBBS, MS
Alma mater Anglo Sanskrit Victoria Jubilee Senior Secondary School,
G.S.V.M. Medical College
Occupation Otolaryngologist, politician
Organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Political party
Bharatiya Janata Party
Religion Hinduism
Children 3
  • Om Prakash Goel
  • Snehlata Devi

Harsh Vardhan is an Indian politician from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is currently a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha from the Krishna Nagar constituency. He has never lost an election to the Vidhan Sabha, and has served in various capacities in the state cabinet during BJP's reign (1993–98), including Health Minister, Law Minister and Education Minister. He was the Chief Minister candidate for the BJP in the 2013 Delhi assembly election.

Early life[edit]

Harsh Vardhan was born in Delhi to Om Prakash Goel and Sneh Lata.[1] He is a Hindu and belongs to the Bania community.[2]

He finished his schooling from Anglo Sanskrit Victoria Jubilee Senior Secondary School, Daryaganj, in 1971. He attended Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur, where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. He earned his Master of Surgery in otolaryngology from the same college in 1983.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

Harsh Vardhan has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood.[5] He was elected from Krishna Nagar Vidhan Sabha constituency in 1993 on the Bharatiya Janata Party's ticket and became a member of the First Legislative Assembly of Delhi. He was appointed Minister of Health and Minister of Law in the Government of Delhi. He became Minister of Education in 1996. During his time in the State's Health Ministry, he launched Polio Eradication Plan in October 1994.[6] The programme was successful and was adopted throughout the whole nation by the Government of India.[7]

Harsh Vardhan was re-elected in 1998 and 2003.[6] He won from the same seat in 2008 election as well, defeating his primary opponent Indian National Congress councillor Deepika Khullar by 3,204 votes.[8][9] He is considered[by whom?] to be an experienced and respectable member of the party.[10]

On 23 October 2013, Harshvardhan was named the Chief Minister candidate for Delhi Assembly elections by the BJP.[11] Bhartiya Janata Party emerged as the single largest party (32/70 seats) in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election results declared on 8 December 2013. However, following the traditions of parliamentary democracy, when Lt. Governor of Delhi invited Dr Harsh Vardhan to form the government, he rejected the offer.[12]

In November 2013, Harsh vardhan declared assets worth 2.66 crore including movable and immovable assets in his affidavit for nomination for the Krishna Nagar assembly constituency.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Harsh Vardhan has received the following awards and recognitions:[13]

  • IMA President's Special Award of Appreciation by the Indian Medical Association in 1994.
  • Director-General's Polio Eradication Champion Award Commendation Medal by the World Health Organization in 1998.
  • Polio Eradication Champion Award by the Rotary International in 2001.
  • "Doctor of the last Decade" (Swastha Ratna) by Indian Medical Association's New Delhi branch in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Harsh Vardhan is married to Nutan, and together they have two sons and a daughter. He lives in a house built by his father in Krishna Nagar.[5]


  1. ^ "List of Members – Dr. Harsh Vardhan". Delhiassembly.nic.in. Legislative Assembly of Delhi. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ In Delhi, BJP bets on surgeon to take on techie crusader
  3. ^ "A profile of BJP leader Harsh Vardhan". Hindustan Times. 20 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Affidavit Regarding Assets/Liabilities". Election Commission of India. p. 7. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "About me – Profile". Drharshvardhan.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Member of Legislative Assembly – Dr. Harsh Vardhan". Government of Delhi. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Chaturvedi, Gitanjali (1 July 2008). The Vital Drop: Communication for Polio Eradication in India. SAGE Publications. p. 17. ISBN 978-81-7829-866-5. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Varma, Virendra (26 October 2008). "बीजेपी के सीनियर्स के सामने कांग्रेस के युवा". Navbharat Times (in Hindi) (New Delhi). Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Statistical report on General Election, 2008 to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi – Constituency Data Summary – Krishna Nagar" (PDF). Eci.nic.in. Election Commission of India. p. 76. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Vikram, Kumar (18 April 2010). "Delhi BJP has no 'true leader' for chief's post". India Today. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "BJP trusts Dr Harsh Vardhan as its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi". The Economic Times. 23 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "BJP rejects offer to form govt". The Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Biography of Dr Harsh Vardhan, BJP's CM Candidate for Delhi". Bihar Prabha. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 

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