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MP Report Card: Darshana Jardosh, BJP Constituency — Surat | Elections News


Constituency overview

Former prime minister Morarji Desai was elected from Surat. The port city sent him to Lok Sabha for four straight terms from 1951 to 1971 when he was in Congress. In 1977, in the post-emergency era, he was elected as a  Janata Party leader. He was sworn in as the prime minister on March 24, 1977.  Between 1980 and 1984, Congress leader C D Patel represented Surat in parliament.

Apart from Jardosh, BJP leader Kashiram Rana was another Union Minister who was elected from the constituency. He was elected for six consecutive terms from 1989 to 2004. Kashiram Rana served as the Union minister of textiles (between 1998  and 2003), and the Union minister for rural development (between 2003 and 2004) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Profile overview

Since 2009, Jardosh, a commerce graduate, has been winning the constituency. She started her political career in college as a student leader. After her marriage, she became the president of Surat BJP Mahila Morcha (women’s wing) in 1999 and won the Surat Municipal Corporation election in 2000. After winning the Lok Sabha election in 2009, she was made the general secretary of the BJP National Mahila Morcha. She also represented India in BRICS Women Parliamentarians’ Forum in Jaipur in 2016.

Committees she has been part of — She has been a member of the Public Accounts Committee (2019-2021). She was also a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs. She was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women (2014-2019).  She was also part of the Standing Committee on Finance (2019-2021), and Business Advisory Committee (2019-2021).  She was also a member of the Board of Governors in National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) (2013-14).

MPLAD Fund Lowdown

Darshana Jardosh shared that she used her MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Division) funds for purchasing ambulances and donated it to different hospitals, and blood banks in the city. Along with this, tricycles and wheelchairs worth Rs. 2.50 lakh were donated to differently-abled persons. Jardosh said she donated Rs 64 lakh for an oxygen plant at the New Civil Hospital.  Jardosh spent Rs 71 lakh for a smog tower to combat air pollution and Rs 1.20 crore for the construction of a research centre at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University for innovation and extension activities related to textiles.

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Questions asked in Parliament

Darshana Jardosh raised questions to several ministers including Finance, Home Affairs, Education, Health and Family welfare, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Textiles, Defense, Port Shipping and Waterways.

September 19, 2020: If the government proposes to give sovereign guarantee on life insurance policies given by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).

September 20, 2020: The details of steps taken so far/likely to be taken by Centre in coordination with  states to increase the participation of women in police, to make a provision of separate restrooms for female personnel at police stations and to exempt them from field duty for one year in case of delivery.

September 21, 2020: The details of the steps taken by Centre, the government of Gujarat and other central security agencies to ensure the safety and security of Hazira and Dahej Industrial Mathak.

September 23, 2020:  The steps taken by the Centre in coordination with states and union territories to increase social awareness for donation of human organs.

Participation in Debates

The Union minister on December 20, 2023, gave statements regarding the implementation of the recommendation contained in the 42nd Report of the Standing Committee on Labour, Textiles and Skill Development on Demands for Grants (2023-24) pertaining to the Ministry of Textiles. She also participated in the combined discussion on the Interim Budget 2019-20. — Kamaal Saiyed


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