Kailash Vijayvargiya (born 13 May 1956) is an Indian politician from Indore who is currently serving as National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[1] He started his political career in the Indore Bharatiya Janata Party, and was the Mayor of Indore, a six-time legislator who has never lost an assembly election, and a state government cabinet minister for over 12 years before being elevated to the party's central leadership.[2]

Kailash Vijayvargiya
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Kailash Vijayvargiya
National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
2015
PresidentAmit Shah (National)
J. P. Nadda (Working)
Member of Legislative Assembly, Madhya Pradesh
In office
2008–2018
Preceded byAntar Singh Darbar
Succeeded byUsha Thakur
ConstituencyMhow
In office
1993–2008
Succeeded byRamesh Mendola
ConstituencyIndore-2
Mayor of Indore
In office
2000–2005
Preceded byMadhukar Verma
Succeeded byDr. Umashashi Sharma
Cabinet Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh
In office
December 2013 – 2016
Corporator, Indore Municipal Corporation
In office
1983–1988
Personal details
Born (1956-05-13) 13 May 1956 (age 63)
Indore, Madhya Bharat (now Indore, Madhya Pradesh)
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Asha Vijayvargiya
Children2

Akash Vijayvargiya (Son)

Kalpesh Vijayvargiya (Son)
ParentsShankar Dayal Vijayvargiya (Father) Ayodhya Devi Vijayvargiya (Mother)
Residence880/9, Nandanagar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Alma materDevi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
ProfessionPolitician
WebsiteKailashonline.in

Vijavargiya was made in-charge of BJP's election campaign for Haryana in 2014;[3] after which BJP gained a majority in the assembly election. This victory allowed him to gain a more central role in party leadership, and in June 2015 he was appointed National General Secretary by Party President Amit Shah,[4] and the new leader of the BJP in West Bengal.[5]

Political careerEdit

Vijayvargiya entered politics through Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1975. He became a Corporator of the Indore Municipal Corporation in 1983 and a member of the Standing Committee in 1985. He has been the state secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP, and Indore, and the co-ordinator of State BJP legal cell. He became the state co-ordinator of Vidyarthi Parishad in 1985, state vice-president of the BJYM in 1992, and the National General Secretary of the BJYM and the leader of Gujarat in 1993. Vijayvargiya was elected to the Vidhan Sabha in 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013.[6]

He was in charge of the BJP's Haryana state assembly election campaign in 2014, when the party registered its first win in the Haryana state assembly election, taking BJP's tally from 4 to 47 seats.[7] He was named the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the party leader for West Bengal in 2015.[8]

Mayoral stintEdit

Vijayvargiya became the first directly-elected Mayor of Indore Municipal Corporation in 2000. He was nominated President of the South Asia Mayors’ Council in 2003, and led the Indian Voluntary Organisation’s team at the World Earth Summit in Durban.[9]

In state administrationEdit

Vijayvargiya was sworn-in as Cabinet Minister in Madhya Pradesh Government on 8 December 2008, and given portfolios of Public Works, Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Administration and Development. He was given a portfolio of Religious Trusts, Endowment, and Rehabilitation on 1 July 2004. Vijayvargiya again joined Babulal Gaur’s Council of Ministers as Public Works Minister on 27 August 2004. He was re-inducted into Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Council of Ministers on 4 December 2005, as a Public Works, Information Technology, and Science & Technology Minister.[10]

In the second cabinet under Shivraj Singh Chouhan (post-2008 elections), Vijayvargiya held portfolios of IT and Industries. In the third cabinet (post-2013 elections), Vijayvargiya held the portfolio of Urban Development.[11]

ControversiesEdit

When talking to reporters about the Vyapam Scam which involved former BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma, Vijayvargiya said, “For us it (Vyapam) is a chutput (small) scam. It may be big for you."[12] When asked about journalist Akshay Singh, who was mysteriously murdered while investigating the scandal, Vijayvargiya said, "Forget that journalist who died. Is he more important than I am?"[13]

In 2015, when Shah Rukh Khan commented that India had been undergoing a period of increased intolerance, Vijayvargiya tweeted to his followers that "Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he finds India intolerant," as well as "When many died in Bombay in 1993, where was Shah Rukh Khan? When 26/11 attacks took place in Mumbai, where was Shah Rukh?"[14][15]

In 2016, on the heels of surgical strikes by the Indian Army in Pakistani-occupied, Vijayvargiya stated that asking for proof of the strikes or in any way questioning the Indian Armed Forces would amount to an act of sedition.[16]

In 2013, In Indore, talking to the journalists about the rapes in India, Vijayvargiya said women must keep themselves within the limits of 'maryada' else face the consequences.[17]

In 2019, he was again embroiled in controversy for defending his son, Akash Vijayvargiya, who beat a government official with a bat. The government official had come to inspect and demolish an old building in Indore.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Administrator. "National Office Bearers". www.bjp.org. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  2. ^ "BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya Makes Friends and Controversies Easily". NDTV.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ "MP minister Vijayvargiya appointed BJP's election in-charge for Haryana". www.hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  4. ^ "MP minister Kailash Vijayvargiya appointed BJP general secretary". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ "BJP affairs in-charge: Siddharth Nath Singh loses Bengal to Kailash Vijayvargiya, gets Andhra". The Indian Express. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ http://mpinfo.org/mpinfostatic/english/council/cabinetmin/kailash_Vijayvergiya.asp
  7. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/haryana-election-results-2014-live/1/396501.html
  8. ^ http://www.bjp.org/organisation/office-bearers
  9. ^ http://mpinfo.org/mpinfostatic/english/council/cabinetmin/kailash_Vijayvergiya.asp
  10. ^ http://mpvidhansabha.nic.in/14thvs/2014_209.pdf
  11. ^ http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/chouhan-allocates-portfolios-gaur-gets-home/1211026/
  12. ^ "Vyapam a minor scam, our morale not down: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya". The Indian Express. 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ "MP Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya pulled up by Amit Shah for his controversial remark on deceased journalist". News18. 6 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Raees vs Kaabil: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya targets Shah Rukh Khan, supports Hrithik Roshan. See pic". The Indian Express. 25 January 2017.
  15. ^ "BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya comes under sharp criticism for saying 'Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan'". News18. 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Asking for proof on surgical strikes amounts to sedition, says Kailash Vijayvargiya". Business Standard. 13 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Maintain maryada or face music: Kailash Vijayvargiya". Times Of India. 4 January 2013.
  18. ^ ""He's A Novice": BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya Defends Son Who Hit Official". NDTV.com. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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