Former Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics

Mumbai: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, a veteran politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former Union Health Minister, declared his resignation from politics on Sunday. The declaration was made one day after the BJP unveiled its initial slate of 195 candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections.  

The saffron party’s list of candidates did not include Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s name. Jayant Sinha and Gautam Gambhir, two former BJP MPs, had earlier left the party.

On his official social media accounts, Dr. Harsha Vardhan announced his decision to leave politics. He also mentioned that his ENT practice in Krishna Nagar is waiting for him to return.

He said, “After over thirty years of a glorious electoral career, during which I won all the five assemblies and two parliamentary elections that I fought with exemplary margins, and held a multitude of prestigious positions in the party organization and the governments at the state and centre I finally bow out to return to my roots.”

He further said, “Service to mankind was my motto when I joined MBBS in GSVM Medical College, Kanpur fifty years back with a desire to help the poor and needy. A swayamsewak at heart, I have always been an ardent admirer of Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji’s Antodaya philosophy of striving to serve the last man in the queue. It was at the insistence of the then-RSS leadership that I jumped into the electoral fray. They could convince me only because for me politics meant the opportunity to fight our three main enemies – poverty, disease, and ignorance.”

He also said, “I shall continue to pursue my work against tobacco and substance abuse, against climate change, and teaching simple and sustainable lifestyles. A big shout out for all those who stood by me like a rock while I clocked many firsts and led a fulfilled political life. I move on, I really can’t wait. I have promises to keep .. and miles to go before I sleep !! I have a dream .. and I know your blessings shall always remain with me . My ENT clinic at Krishna Nagar too awaits my return.”

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