'My ENT Clinic Awaits My Return': Dr Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics After BJP Announces First List Of Candidates For Lok Sabha Elections 2024

'My ENT Clinic Awaits My Return': Dr Harsh Vardhan Quits Politics After BJP Announces First List Of Candidates For Lok Sabha Elections 2024

The announcement came a day after the BJP announced its first list of 195 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Dr Harsh Vardhan's name was not there in the list of the candidates of the saffron party.

Azhar KhanUpdated: Sunday, March 03, 2024, 01:51 PM IST
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Union Heath Minister Harsh Vardhan | ANI Photo

Mumbai: Former Union Health Minister and Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Harsh Vardhan has announced that he is quitting politics on Sunday. The announcement came a day after the BJP announced its first list of 195 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024. Dr Harsh Vardhan's name was not there in the list of the candidates of the saffron party. Earlier, former BJP MPs Jayant Sinha and Gautam Gambhir also resigned from the party.

Dr Harsha Vardhan made the announcement of his decision to quit politics on his official social media account and said that his ENT clinic at Krishna Nagar also awaits his return.

He said, "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."

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 opportunity to fight our three main enemies - poverty, disease and ignorance."

"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!!"

"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."

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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