Vijay J. Darda

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Vijay J Darda
MP of Rajya Sabha for Maharashtra
In office
1998 – 4 July 2016
Constituency Maharashtra State
Personal details
Born (1950-05-14) May 14, 1950 (age 66)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Jyotsna Vijay Darda
Children 1 Daughter, 1 Son
Parents Jawaharlal Darda, Veenadevi
Residence Nagpur
Profession Politician, Editor
Religion Jainism

Vijay J. Darda (born 14 May 1950)[1] is a politician from Indian National Congress party, and a Member of the Parliament of India representing Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha since 1998, having been elected for three consecutive terms into the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He is the chairman and editor-in-chief of the Marathi newspaper Lokmat.[2]

Controversy[edit]

On 29 July 2012, at a function in Ahmedabad, Darda remarked that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a tiger and a national saint, embarrassing his party colleagues.[how?][3]

In 2012, Vijay Darda was reported to have been associated with companies that were awarded coal blocks under the controversial coal allocation by the then Coal Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for a throwaway price. In this controversy, his brother, Rajendra Darda, is also named along with him.[4]

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