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Harsh Vardhan ‘demoted’ to help Delhi BJP, say leaders

Sources close to BJP’s central leadership said Vardhan has been removed from prominent portfolio due to lack of performance.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2014 10:34 am

NOIDA got its man into Narendra Modi’s cabinet but Delhi didn’t get one more berth and its lone man, Harsh Vardhan, was sort of demoted. Well, it’s all for a good reason, feel some of BJP’s Members of Parliament from Delhi.

The sentiment, said a senior Delhi leader, is that the forthcoming elections in the capital needs to be won first. The prime minister is looking to the MPs to put in their collective efforts towards that goal and not get distracted by executive work, he said.

However, many local leaders have been hurt by the supposed demotion of Harsh Vardhan, the MP from Chandni Chowk, from health ministry to a lesser portfolio of science and technology. This ministry has had eight ministers in the past five years and is therefore perceived as a shunting post.

“A party elevates a leader’s standing if it wants him or her to be its face in the elections. The act of changing his ministry to an insignificant one will not lead to the perception that Harsh Vardhan is BJP’s chief ministerial candidate,” said a senior leader.

Sources close to BJP’s central leadership said Vardhan has been removed from the prominent portfolio due to lack of performance. “More foreign trips, less focus on work in Delhi and slow delivery on goals are some of the reasons being cited,” he said.

But the leadership remains divided over Vardhan. There are some who believe he has been allowed more time to devote  to Delhi. “The fact that he still is a cabinet minister says something. I believe he would be brought back to Delhi,” added another local leader.

National secretary BJP, R P Singh, tweeted: “Bringing Mr clean Dr Harsh Vardhan would be welcomed by the Delhiites.”

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    Dr Asmeeta
    Nov 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    Hahaha...what is BJP doing-even BJP doesn't know -it seems everyone wants to believe that Modi has a g plan...and unless that plan involves coming out in the open and discussing who BJP CM candidate is-this drama is not gonna workPpl who think Science n technology is a demotion-must b particularly thick...entire world is moving on basis of science and in India-its a demotion
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      Dr Asmeeta
      Nov 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm
      Hahaha...what is BJP doing-even BJP doesn't know -it seems everyone wants to believe that Modi has a g plan...and unless that plan involves coming out in the open and discussing who BJP CM candidate is-this drama is not gonna workPpl who think Science n technology is a demotion-must b particularly thick...entire world is moving on basis of science and in India-its a demotion
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        awarabadal
        Nov 11, 2014 at 8:33 am
        The man is out of his depths, no doubt. And he has plenty of degrees but no impact. Now contrast that to Ms Irani, no degrees but plenty of common sense and the determination to get things done. Degrees open doors, do not make performance!
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          raviraj
          Nov 11, 2014 at 5:33 am
          Will Kiran Bedi help Vardhan as that is what will be required as what all can you expect from a doctor as we cannot expect much from Kejriwal -- at least Modi`s central govt will give all the backing required to get Delhi to look like India`s Capital -
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          1. kris kumar
            Nov 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm
            Science and Technology is a very important post and it is difficult to grasp why it is demeaning. I think media should concentrate more on the importance of S&T and how can it to be utilised to help Young Indian and India. Demotion of Harshwardhan is in the mind of people who are ignorant or know little about S&T.
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