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Updated March 3rd, 2024 at 15:17 IST

'I Move on...Can’t Wait': BJP MP Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics After BJP Releases Lok Sabha List

BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan has quit politics and wishes to concentrate on his medical career.

Reported by: Digital Desk
BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics
BJP MP Dr Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics | Image:X
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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Dr Harsh Vardhan has quit politics after he was left out of the party's first list of Lok Sabha Elections 2024 candidates. The doctor posted a long note on X about his decision to his electoral career. This comes a day after the saffron party released the list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and his name was missing.

“After over thirty years of a glorious electoral career, during which I won all the five assembly and two parliamentary elections that I fought with exemplary margins, and held a multitude of prestigious positions in the party organisation and the governments at the state and centre I finally bow out to return to my roots, "Dr Harsh Vardhan posted on X.

He further wrote about his medical career, stating, “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 opportunity to fight our three main enemies - poverty, disease and ignorance.”

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Calling his innings in medicine and politics as “marvellous”, he recalled his service as Delhi Health Minister and as in-charge when the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck.

“Without remorse, I must say that it has been a marvelous innings during which my passion to serve the common man was quenched. I served as Delhi Health Minister as well as twice Union Health Minister, a subject close to my heart. I had the rare opportunity bestowed upon me to be able to first work towards creating a Polio free Bharat and then to take care of the health of millions of our countrymen grappling with the dreaded COVID-19 during its first and second phases. In the long history of mankind, only a few have been granted the privilege to defend their people in hours of gravest danger! And I can proudly claim that I didn’t shirk responsibility, but welcomed it. My gratitude to Ma Bharati, my reverence to my fellow citizens and my obeisance to the values enshrined in our Constitution. And yes, that was the biggest privilege that Bhagwan Shri Ram bestowed upon me, the privilege of being able to save human lives !!"

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Dr Harsh Vardhan thanked his partymen and supporters, and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“I would like to thank all my party karyakartas, my fans and supporters amongst the common citizens as well as my party leaders .. all of whom have contributed to this remarkable journey spanning over three decades. I must acknowledge that I consider it a great privilege to have worked closely with the most dynamic Prime Minister in India’s history, Shri Narendra Modi ji. The country wishes him a heroic return to power again.”

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The 69-year-old then directed to return to his medical profession 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 🙏," said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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Published March 3rd, 2024 at 14:25 IST

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