DHARWAD: Four-time MP from Dharwad constituency Pralhad Joshi has has been given the post of Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Coal and Minister of Mines in the 17th Lok Sabha under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Inducted for the first time in the Union Cabinet, 57-year-old Joshi was the president of the Karnataka unit of the BJP. He will oversee the critical coal ministry that fuels India’s electricity needs.
He has been associated with RSS from a young age. He was trained at RSS training camp and has been an RSS activist and leader.
Joshi is one of the three MPs from Karnataka to make his way into the Union cabinet alongside DV Sadananda Gowda and Suresh Angadi. The heavyweight from the BJP has never lost since 2004 from the Dharwad seat winning four consecutive times.
This time, he prevailed against Congress’ former minister Vinay Kularni by a margin of more than two lakh votes.
In his previous terms, he has been part of several parliamentary committees including the Committee on Chemicals & Fertilizers, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Wakf, Committee on Transport, Tourism & Culture and also the Committee on Railways among others.
He was inducted into the RSS at an early age and he was part of the infamous Idgah Maidan agitation in which a group of BJP leaders hoisted the national flag in Kittur Channamma Circle (Idgah Maidan) in Hubballi in 1992. The agitation was led by BJP leaders Uma Bharathi and BS Yeddyurappa and helped the BJP to become popular in northern Karnataka.
Prahlad Joshi came into the limelight in this movement. The event led to the death of ten due to violence and police firing.
He is one of the MPs with highest winning margin in Karnataka.