|Vijay Jolly, BJP Delhi spokesman, speaks during a press conference in New Delhi|
|Member Legislative Assembly of Delhi|
|Preceded by||Tek Chand Sharma |
24 July 1960 |
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)|
|Children||Kabir Jolly and Rishi Jolly|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi (B.Com)
University of Delhi (M.Com)
Vijay Jolly (born 24 July 1960) is a prominent political figure of the state of Delhi belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is currently the Vice-President & Spokesman of Delhi BJP. He is also the BJP's Overseas Convener of the foreign affairs cell. He was a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi (2003–2008) from Saket constituency .
Early life, Education and Qualifications
Born in 1960, Jolly did his B.Com.(Hons) from Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) of University of Delhi, thereafter he did his M.Com. from University of Delhi. He also has a qualified degree in Export Management.
Vijay Jolly started his political career at Delhi University as a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and remained the President of Delhi University Students Union (1980–1981), before entering politics as a member of BJP.
In 1998, Vijay Jolly first fought the New Delhi state election from the Saket constituency and lost to then Congress Party heavy weight and two time sitting MLA, Mr. Tek Chand Sharma.
In the 2003 Delhi Assemnbely state elections, Vijay Jolly defeated his arch rival Rohit Manchanda of the Congress Party by a margin of 121 votes and got elected to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi (2003–2008) from Saket constituency.
In 2008 Delhi Assembly elections he fought against the New Delhi state Chief Minister Mrs.Sheila Dikshit of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency and lost. Prior to the elections, he was seen at Mrs. Sheila Dixit residence to seek her blessings.
Vijay Jolly was one of the front runners for the election of Delhi BJP President in April 2010 along with former union minister Vijay Goel and also Chairman of Standing Committee of MCD, Mr.Vijender Gupta. Jolly commanded support from many senior party leader including Lal Krishna Advani, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, though eventually Vijendra Gupta was elected. However the party high command decided to make him the Vice President and Spokesperson for Delhi BJP.
BJP Foreign Delegations
Jolly is also the in-charge of the BJP party's Foreign Cell. In December 2010, he led and was the organizer of a senior delegation to Israel with BJP President Nitin Gadkari and party General Secretary Vasundhara Raje Scindia .
Recent allegations against Sheila Dixit
On 27 January 2011, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president Vijay Jolly on welcoming the removal of CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi demanded strongly demanded the removal of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for alleged corruption in conduct of the Commonwealth Games. He said that the CBI has enough evidence to prove corruption in Common Wealth Games which says that Sheila Dixit is responsible for handling and spending more than Rs 28,000 crore on various games projects, is still free. She is equally to be blamed along with Kalmadi. The CBI probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the October 3–14, 2010 Games, include all the top Delhi bureaucrats and the role of the Chief Minister be thoroughly investigated.
Jolly is married to Rashmi Jolly and the couple have two sons. The elder son Kabir Jolly is a graduate from the University of Sydney in Australia, while the younger son Rishi Jolly is studying in the United States of America. Jolly also runs an export business.
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