Party celebrates Vijayvargiya's elevation as national BJP general secy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 20:15 IST

Leaders and workers of the Indore unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burst crackers and distributed sweets on Wednesday to celebrate the elevation of state urban administration minister Kailash Vijayvargiya as the national BJP general secretary.

He was the secretary in the BJP national executive before his elevation.

While his followers burst crackers at different places, the party celebrated it at Rajwada Chowk, the central business district and one of the busiest areas in the region.

In his political career spanning more than 32 years, Vijayvargiya has not looked back ever since he first won the corporator's election on a BJP ticket in 1983.

He was the city Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha secretary earlier.

The story of Vijayvargiya, his friend-cum-guide Ramesh Mendola (BJP MLA) and their team decimated the Congress and the Communist Party of India in the assembly constituency two (Nanda Nagar) in the last three decades is well known.

But, what is interesting is the fact that Vijayvargiya owes his first electoral success to his mother Ayodhyadevi, popularly known as Kakiji (aunt) in local circles.

In 1983, when he first contested the corporator's election from Nanda Nagar municipal ward number 14 (assembly segment two) against the then Congress party's prominent leader Babu Singh Dangar, residents recognised him as 'kaki ko chhoro' (Kaki's son).

So, when Vijayvargiya began campaigning for the elections, everybody said: "Kaki ka chhora ke vote deno hai." (We have to vote for Kaki's son).
Vijayvargiya entered the state politics when he won the elections from the assembly constituency four in 1989.

His subsequent victories were recorded when he became a legislator from assembly constituency two and Mhow, remaining in the good books of the then chief minister Uma Bharti in 2003.

His successful Ujjain-based organisation Simhastha consolidated his power when he served as the state public works department minister, industry and commerce minister in 2004.

His strained relationship with Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, his 2013 assembly poll victory by a paper thin margin and the income tax raid at his son Akash's business firm last year weakened his position in the party.

But he was back in the reckoning after he was made in-charge of the 2014 Haryana assembly elections which the BJP won with a comfortable majority.

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