The BJP Parliamentary Board on Monday named Dr Harsh Vardhan as its Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi. he is known for his clean image. The 59-year-old Vardhan is also known to share a very cordial relationship with RSS and people close to him say he still retains the Swayamsevak’s tendency to downplay the ‘Swayam’ (sself) giving precedence to ‘Seva’ (service).
Dr Harshvardhan served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi from the Krishna Nagar Vidhan Sabha constituency since 1993.
He is also an Otolaryngologist by profession. During the BJP's Government in Delhi (1993-1998), he served in various capacities in the State cabinet, including Health Minister, Law Minister and Education Minister.
He has never lost an election to the Vidhan Sabha.
During his tenure in the State's Health Ministry, he launched Polio Eradication Plan in October 1994. The programme was successful and was adopted across the nation by the Government of India.
He was re-elected in 1998 and 2003 respectively. He won from the same seat in 2008 election as well, defeating his Indian National Congress councillor Deepika Khullar by 3,204 votes.
He has been honoured with IMA President's Special Award in 1994, Director-General's Polio Eradication Champion Award, Commendation Medal by WHO in 1998, Polio Eradication Champion Award by Rotary International in 2001 and Doctor of the last Decade by IMA in 2002.
He has been a member of RSS since childhood.