'Hero' of BJP’s Haryana victory seeks to emerge from Chouhan's shadows
State urban administration minister Kailash Vijayvargiya — the ‘hero’ of BJP’s victory in the Haryana assembly polls — appears to be re-charting his political career.
Long regarded as the chief minister-in-waiting, but having had to contend himself as a minister under Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vijayvargiya, 58, is now looking for a new route to raise his political graph — via the organisation.
His supporters have plastered the city with hoardings hailing him as the "Haryana ke hero", a title given to him after the BJP romped to absolute majority in the assembly elections.
Vijayvargiya was the party in-charge for the Haryana polls.
Sources close to Vijayvargiya said that he is now keen on taking up organisational responsibilities at the centre, rather than serve as a minister in the state.
The responsibility of the Haryana polls was a sign that the central BJP leadership is not averse to utilising his skills and the party’s success in the polls would enable him to seek a role in the organisation more forcefully.
The hoardings hailing him as "Haryana ke hero" also contain another message which says, 'sangathan ki shakti hi vaibhav ka chitra sajati hai' (it is the strength of the organisation that leads to success).
Political watchers are seeing this as a sign that the minister now wants to move to an organisational position.
As a minister in the state cabinet, Vijayvargiya is counted among the senior-most but also has finance minister Jayant Malaiya, home minister and former CM Babulal Gaur, rural development minister Gopal Bhargava to contend with, all of whom are senior to him in terms of experience as MLA.
A post in the party’s central committee would elevate Vijayvargiya’s status above the other ministers, political observers said.
The Haryana victory has also given an opportunity to BJP leaders, who are not very close to Chouhan, to rally around Vijayvargiya.
Former MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh who was denied the ticket in the previous assembly elections, apparently at Chouhan’s behest, is also seen with Vijayvargiya in the hoardings.
Political analyst Girija Shankar pointed out that Vijayvargiya has been an MLA for almost the same time as Chouhan and has also been a minister for 11 years.
"While other BJP leaders of that time are either at the centre or are content being ministers, Vijayvargiya has hit a glass ceiling in the state. But he is ambitious enough to look for a new role for himself. The Haryana elections have given him an opportunity and one will have to wait and see what he makes out of this opportunity," Shankar said.
Vijayvargiya was, however, not available for comments.