My father Shri Charti Lal Goel was already a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, so big leaders like Atal ji, Advani ji used to come and visit my home, but due to my shy nature, I did not interact with them. But, used to keep watching them quietly.
When I became the President of Delhi University Students Union, I contacted Atal ji, he laid the foundation of the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the university on behalf of the student body.
I will never forget the day when Atal ji took along with him Advani ji, Vijay Kumar Malhotra and the late Kanwar Lal Gupta to meet the President of India to register his protest against my expulsion from Delhi University. I was punished for leading a students’ movement. That day I realised how much Atal ji loved me.
But, despite the closeness, I used to be scared of his towering personality. I do not know why I was afraid of him. I have never seen him getting angry or losing his temper. Once I asked him, aap ko gussa nahin atta? (Don't you get angry?). He said he does get angry, but likes to channelize his anger through something constructive.
Atalji and Advani ji walked together in my marriage procession. Atal ji was absolutely walking right next to my mare. Whenever I used to go to Atal ji's house, I used to feel his affection for myself and my family.
Very few people knew that the poet Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji used to love to listen to other poets as well. He used to visit all the “Kavi Samelans” I organized. Once, when he did not get any other means of transport to go to the Red Fort for a mushaira, he hired a tonga to reach his destination.
He always inspired youngsters to come forward and lead the country. I can vividly remember. It was Lok Sabha election time. My father was already a Delhi legislator. Being a son, I wanted my father to get a party ticket for the election. In this regard, when we had a meeting with Atal ji, he questioned and asked me “Why do not you fight instead? I remained silent. Perhaps it was Atal ji's affection for me or his willingness to encourage a young man like me.
I learned many things from him but the biggest thing I learnt is discipline and patience. For the first time, I got a ticket in Chandni Chowk by-elections. I was made a candidate from Sardar Bazar. Despite, winning the Sadar constituency, in the next election; I was entrusted to fight a tough political seat like Chandni Chowk.
He always advised me to be patient. Often, I used to think that my hard work is going unnoticed. But, Atal ji always monitored and affectionately encouraged youths like me to keep working hard.
Atal ji’s work was so inspiring that it rubbed onto me and I started the movement against social evil like lottery. At each stage of this movement, I received immense guidance and support from him. Finally, when we managed to stop illegal lottery, he applauded me in front of senior political leaders.
Atal ji never allowed personal relationships to obstruct work. When he expressed his love and faith by making me a minister in his cabinet, I became very emotional. He did not just give me responsibility, but gave me another opportunity to learn something new. In 2001 Atal ji handpicked me for his cabinet and entrusted me the position of Union Minister of State responsible for PMO’s office and the Planning Commission.
In 2002, when NDA’s ally Trinamool Congress leader Mamta Banerjee led a movement against Railway’s eviction orders for illegal settlers along rail tracks in West Bengal, Atal ji sent me to meet Mamta Banerjee in Kolkata. The meeting went off well and Atal ji was impressed with my political acumen.
I adore him as a politician, prime minister, and as a statesman.
He has sacrificed a lot. Always done something for the others. But never asked for anything in return.
Atal ji will be remembered in the history of the country and in the history of the world as an ardent speaker, a skilled administrator, a popular and acceptable leader, a visionary.
Will miss you Atal ji.
Vision for Delhi
My visions for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada. I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities.
My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city of opportunities where peopleRead More
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Delhi Villages Delhi has 369 villages which, though called as Urban Villages but, continue to suffer from developmental inequalities. The basic infrastructure is in such a sorrow state that some villagesRead More
Education empowers our children, making them strong enough to look after themselves in any given situation. A large role in delivering the education is played by our educational institutionsRead More
Power is the basis of human lives and is used in almost everything we have. Hence it's vital in the interest of social development and welfare that power reaches to common citizensRead More
Water, though being one of the most precious resources on the earth, is availabile in limited amount. Hence it's necessary that due management of the water resources is taken for the existence of life.Read More
Healthcare The Delhi government being the major health service provider is responsible for the healthcare services in Delhi but due to lack of planning and vision of Delhi governmentRead More
Pollution According to a Greenpeace study, New Delhi is the most polluted capital city in the world. The PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels have crossed the emergency levels of 500ug/m3.Read More
One must appreciate how Vijay Goel is working so hard and looking out for all sports. One can feel the change. Best wishes!
Simply will appreciate Vijay Goel's working style, witnessed his personal attention to west Delhi - Paschim Vihar ppl even at late hours.
No cricket with Pak until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay Goel Finally! Kudos for a much needed call!
Vijay Goel is a national leader with wider vision and worked on the ground in Delhi.
Vijay on Issues
Delhi Villages It's ironic that our national capital Delhi, which is often termed as a world-class metro, still has over 360 under-developed villages in it. These villages are detached from the city and seem unaware of the tremendous progress all around them.Read More
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Hence it's imperative in the interest of societal development that its children and youth are well educated. It's a shame that Delhi despite being the capital of India is not fully literate whereas a small state like Kerala has attained 100% literacy.Read More
Water is vital for the existence of life but we need to realize that like all the other resources it is not unlimited and, going by the experts' opinion, the next war could be fought because of it.Read More
Housing To own a home, irrespective of the size, is a dream cherished by many. I understand this sentiment and that is why I championed the cause to help protect the applicants who were promised homes and felt cheated by the Delhi government.Read More
Power is one of the basic amenities of life happens to be a matter of great concern for the citizens of Delhi. Faulty meters, power shortage and inflated power bills are the most common grievances faced by every other citizen.Read More
Youth Development Youth is the backbone of our country's progress and we all need to work towards their overall development. Apart from providing training & employment in traditional careers I have always encouraged active youth participation in politics.Read More
I believe the youth is the backbone of our country's progress and I have always worked towards their overall development.Read More
Chandni Chowk I have a keen interest in exploring and learning about culture, traditions and Heritage. Chandni Chowk, my former parliamentary constituency, is a perfect example of the multicultural and multi-religious India.Read More