Dr Harsh Vardhan has been replaced by Jagat Prakash Nadda on the Health and Family Welfare portfolio. Dr. Vardhan has now been shifted to the Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Ministry.There is a buzz that he might return to take charge of the ruling BJP group in the government of the Delhi State ahead of the assembly polls in the state early in 2015.
Mr. J P Nadda is seen as a member of the most powerful troika in the ruling BJP party along with Prime Minister Modi and the BJP party President, Amit Shah. He is known to be part of all major decision making processes in the party and is likely to be the bridge between the party and the government. At the age of 31, Nadda had become National President of BJP Yuva Morcha in 1991. He has been BJP’s National General Secretary since May 2010. He was member of Himachal Legislative Assembly from 1993-98, 1998-2003 and 2007-2012 and served as Health Minister in the state from 1998-2003 and from 2008-2010, Minister of Forest and Environment, Science and Technology. In April 2012, Mr. Nadda was elected to Rajya Sabha and has been member of various Parliamentary Committees.
The news that Dr. Vardhan’s replacement is Mr.Nadda, has raised some eyebrows in the health sector as Mr. Nadda name was cropped up in perhaps the Health Ministry’s first ‘corruption controversy’ There have been rumours about his involvement in earlier scams, including during his tenure as Health Minister in Himachal Pradesh. For example, it was alleged that a multi-crore health purchase scam was being hushed up. Three directors of the Health Department were arrested in connection with the scam, but the case has not been taken to its logical end.