Surat : After 17 long years, the economic capital of Gujarat (Surat) has got its own Union Minister in the Central Government. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Surat MP on Thursday, took charge as the Minister of State (MoS) of Railways and Textiles at New Delhi.
Late Kashiram Rana, who represented Surat as the Member of Parliament for six consecutive terms at the Centre, was the first to become the Union Textile Minister under the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998. Rana last served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development from May-2003 to May-2004.
Party sources said Jardosh took the charge as the MoS railways and MoS textiles on Thursday. Her phone was continuously ringing with the party workers, leaders, industry stakeholders etc. took the opportunity to congratulate for becoming the Union Minister.
Rakesh Shah, a senior BJP leader said, “I had gone to New Delhi’s Rail Bhavan to give my best wishes to Darshanaben. We are happy that Surat has got its own voice in the Lok Sabha. We are sure that Darshanaben will resolve the issues faced by the textile sector and on the same time she will work for the development of the Surat railway station”
Jardosh is facing an uphill task for transforming the Surat railway station into the world-class station. The project of world-class railway station at Surat was put on the backburner by the Western Railway (WR), which is likely to be revived during the stint of Jardosh as the MoS Railways.
Even the political atmosphere has charged up following the announcement. A cold war was going on between Gujarat BJP president, CR Paatil and Jardosh for a long time now. Political analyst predicted that the elevation of Jardosh is seen as the strategy of the BJP high command to slow down Paatil in Gujarat.
However, the country’s largest Man-Made Textile (MMF) textile sector is upbeat with Darshana Jardosh at the helms of the Union textile ministry. The industry stakeholders are hopeful that Jardosh would resolved the goods and service tax (GST) issues faced by the textile sector and introduce new schemes for the upliftment of the textile sector.