Naresh Bhardwaj

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Naresh Bhardwaj
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Bhardwaj at the 2013 Tour of Alberta
MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie
In office
Preceded by Bharat Agnihotri
Succeeded by Rod Loyola
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)[1]
Political party Progressive Conservative

Naresh Bhardwaj (born 1959) is a Canadian politician, who was elected in the 2008 provincial election to represent the electoral district of Edmonton-Ellerslie in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is a member of the Progressive Conservatives.[2] and was Associate Minister of Persons with Disabilities in the cabinet of Jim Prentice.

Bhardwaj ran 2012 provincial election as an incumbent PC candidate, winning a second term on April 23, 2012. He did not run in the 2015 general election.


Bhardwaj has been accused of offering a $10,000 bribe to prevent other candidates from challenging him in an election. Rachel Notley, leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party, requested that Bhardwaj step down and submit to an investigation.[3] Although cleared by an internal PC party investigation, Bhardwaj remained the subject of a criminal investigation.[4] In March 2015 he withdrew his name as a candidate for the May 5, 2015 general election.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Alberta general election, 2008: Edmonton-Ellerslie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Naresh Bhardwaj 4,581 41.90% 10.07%
Liberal Bharat Agnihotri 3,592 32.86% −0.94%
New Democratic Marilyn Assheton-Smith 1,891 17.30% −4.85%
Wildrose Alliance Krista Leddy 471 4.31% −5.59%
Green Paul Boos 335 3.06%
Social Credit Cheryl Ullah 62 0.57% −1.75%
Total 10,932
Rejected, spoiled and declined 81
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,317 35.17%
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing 5.51%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 290–293. 
Alberta general election, 2012: Edmonton-Ellerslie
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Naresh Bhardwaj 5,682 42.99
Wildrose Jackie Lovely 3,249 24.58
New Democratic Rod Loyola 2,115 16.00
Liberal Jennifer Ketsa 1,512 11.44
Alberta Party Chinwe Okelu 523 3.96
Independent Athena Bernal-Born 137 1.04


  1. ^ "Ellerslie". The Edmonton Journal. February 28, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 54, teacher (his age and occupation) 
  2. ^ "Biography for Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj". Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Kleiss, Karen (13 March 2015). "Alberta government minister accused of offering $10,000 bribe should 'step aside,' NDP leader says". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Rusnell, Charles, Jennie. "LuAnne Sirdiak abruptly leaves Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council". CBC News. 
  5. ^ "MLA Naresh Bhardwaj won't run while bribery allegations unresolved". CBC News. March 23, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.