Vijay Goel

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Vijay Goel
Vijay Goel
Vijay Goel at a rally
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Youth Affairs and Sports
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Sarbananda Sonowal
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
Assumed office
Constituency Rajasthan
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Chandni Chowk
In office
Preceded by Vijay Goel
Succeeded by Kapil Sibal
In office
Preceded by Jai Prakash Agarwal
Succeeded by Vijay Goel
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Sadar
In office
Preceded by Jagdish Tytler
Succeeded by Madan Lal Khurana
Union Minister of State, PMO with additional charge of Statistics & Programme Implementation[1]
In office
1 July 2002 – 1 July 2004
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office[1]
In office
2 Nov. 2001 – 30 June 2002
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Union Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office; and Planning[1]
In office
1 Sept. 2001 – 2 Nov. 2001
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Personal details
Born 4 January 1954
Delhi, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Prof. Preeti Goel
Children 2
Residence Delhi, India
Alma mater Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi (M.Com.)
Law Center, University of Delhi, Delhi (LL.B.)
Occupation Politician
Profession Political & Social Worker.

Vijay Goel (born 4 January 1954) is an Indian politician and the current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. Goel is affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He became president of its organisation in Delhi in February 2013.[2] He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in 2014.[3]

A former Delhi University Students' Union president and an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce.[4] He has been the Member of Parliament for the 11th, 12th and 13th Lok Sabha representing the Sadar and Chandni Chowk constituencies of Delhi. He also served as the Union Minister of State of Labour, Parliamentary Affairs, Statistics & Programme Implementation and Youth Affairs & Sports in the National Democratic Alliance (India) government until 2004.

Early and personal life[edit]

Vijay Goel was born to former Delhi Vidhan Sabha Speaker and BJP member Charti Lal Goel[5] and Basanti Devi on 4 January 1954. He has an M.Com. degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and a LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi.[6] He was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and was jailed during Emergency in India.[7] After his release from jail, Goel became president of Delhi University Students' Union in 1977 as a candidate of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.[6][5] He married Preeti Goel, a professor at the University of Delhi, on 8 March 1985. The couple have a son and a daughter.[8]

Goel was the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) treasurer in 1974-1975. He exposed corruption concerning fake certificates that was then operating at the university.[7]

Political career[edit]

Goel elected to 11th Lok Sabha from Sadar and to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Chandni Chowk.[6]

He served as Minister of State for Labour, Parliamentary Affairs, Statistics & Programme Implementation and Youth Affairs & Sports till 2004.[6]

Goel had been promoted as the BJP's candidate for Chief Minister in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2013 until six weeks prior to voting day. According to some source, the electoral threat posed by the recently formed Aam Aadmi Party caused him to be replaced by Harsh Vardhan.[9][10] Other sources say that he met with opposition from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an organisation that is closely associated with the BJP and who were unhappy with how he was running the party in the state.[11]

He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in 2014.[6]

He became Minister of State for Sports on 5 July 2016.[6]


Under the banner of Lok Abhiyan, a socio-cultural organisation, Goel initiated protests against state-sponsored lotteries in India in 1993.[6] He led a campaign supported by over 120 MPs. The lottery was banned in India on 7 July 1998.[12]

Vijay Goel established Toy Bank in 1987 which is a not for profit organisation that collects toys from donors, refurbishes/restores them and then redistributes the toys amongst the underprivileged children in Delhi.[13]

Recently, Vijay Goel as Sports Minister earned flak from all corners because of getting confused with the names of athletes who represented India at the Rio Olympics, 2016. He was later accused of trying to take selfies with visible tired athletes just after their bouts had gotten over.


  • Delhi, the emperor's city: rediscovering Chandni Chowk and its environs, by Vijay Goel. Lustre Press, 2003. ISBN 81-7436-240-1.


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical sketch of Vijay Goel from 13th Lok Sabha". Parliament of India. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vijay Goel is new Delhi BJP chief". The Hindu. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "BJP names Vijay Goel as its Delhi unit chief". Indian Express. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Vijay Goel gets a cabinet berth". The Times of India. 2 September 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Portfolio of Modi government ministers: Vijay Goel appointed as the new Sports Minister", The Financial Express, 5 July 2016 
  7. ^ a b "Biographical sketch of XII Lok Sabha". Parliament of India. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vijay Goel". Hindustan Times. 19 April 2004. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Delhi: BJP changes CM candidate 6 weeks before polls, will it work?". 30 October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Bhushan, Shashi (23 October 2013). "Vijay Goel loses Delhi CM candidate race as RSS calls the shots". DNA. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  12. ^ "lottery system ban in India". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "About Toy Bank from the founder". Toy Bank. 

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