Vijay J. Darda

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


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

Mr 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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