Ganga Prasad Chaurasia
Ganga Prasad in July 2018 (portrait).JPG
15th Governor of Sikkim
Assumed office
26 August 2018
Chief MinisterPawan Kumar Chamling
Prem Singh Tamang
Preceded byShriniwas Dadasaheb Patil
Governor of Manipur
(Additional Charge)
In office
12 August 2021 – 26 August 2021
Chief MinisterN. Biren Singh
Preceded byNajma Heptulla
Succeeded byLa. Ganesan
17th Governor of Meghalaya
In office
5 October 2017 – 25 August 2018
Chief ministerMukul Sangma
Conrad Sangma
Preceded byBanwarilal Purohit
Succeeded byTathagata Roy
Personal details
Born (1939-07-08) 8 July 1939 (age 82)
Patna, Bihar, British India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Kamla Devi
Children5, including Sanjeev Chaurasia
Residence(s)Raj Bhavan, Gangtok
Alma materPatna High School
College of Commerce Patna
OccupationPolitician

Ganga Prasad Chaurasia is an Indian politician who is currently governor of the state of Sikkim and former governor of Meghalaya. He was a member of Bihar Legislative Council and was the leader of the opposition during the RJD[citation needed] regime. He also held the post of leader of the Bihar legislative council during the NDA rule in Bihar. He got associated with Jan Sangh and remained associated with the same ideology till date. He is an ardent follower of Arya Samaj and served as Pradhan (Head) of the Bihar Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabha unit. He is popularly known as 'Ganga Babu' in the political circle.[citation needed]

Early life and family

Born in a business family his father Late Mundar Sah (Aged 109 yrs) was a successful entrepreneur who coordinated with people from the states of east India and Bangladesh for his business mostly thorough correspondence. Mr. Sah was socially very active. He became the Mukhiya (Chief) of his location (Khajpura) for 2 terms, which is now part of the Patna Municipal Corporation. Sri Mundar Sah realized the importance of politics in the state of Bihar and thus pushed Mr. Prasad towards politics and could match the ideology with that of Jan Sangh.[citation needed]

Mr. Prasad was the chairman of Dadhichi Dehdaan Samiti, Bihar chapter, an organisation for promoting voluntary organ donation.[citation needed]

His eldest son Arun Kumar is a businessman and his 2nd son Sanjeev Chaurasia, is a BJP MLA from Digha constituency in Patna district. His 3rd son Deepak Chaurasia was ward councilor from ward no.2 of Patna Municipal corporation for three terms but later that ward got reserved as women seat, then Deepak's wife Madhu Chaurasia stood and got elected as the councilor after Mr. Prasad's insistence. His Son-in-law Sri Umesh Kumar, IPS[citation needed] (Karnataka cadre), is CID ADGP, Karnataka. His daughter Suruchi Kumari is a businesswoman. And his youngest son is into IT.[citation needed]

Career

Prasad was elected to the Legislative Council of Bihar in 1994 and had been a member for 18 years since then.[1][2][3]

On 30 September 2017, Prasad was appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind as the new Governor of Meghalaya.[4]

On 26 August 2018, Prasad was sworn in as the 16th Governor of Sikkim, replacing Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil.[5]

Early Political career

1966 – Inspired by the ideology of Shri Shyama Pd. Mukherjee & Pt. Dindayal Upadhaya he joined the political party Jan Sangh.[citation needed]

1967 – He unsuccessfully contested assembly election from Danapur constituency in Bihar.

1968 – He became the Maha Mantri of Jan Sangh of Patna district.[citation needed]

1969 – Mr. Prasad again fought the assembly election from Danapur but could not make it to the assembly.

1972 – He was appointed General Secretary of Bihar Pradesh Badhai Mahasabha.[citation needed]

1974 – During the protest because of the inflation before emergency he was arrested, his scooter/vehicles were confiscated.[citation needed]

1975 – He absconded after his arrest during emergency. But after Kurki Japti (confiscation of assets) he had to surrender. He was left on parole due to flood that time. During the emergency 'Arya Bhawan' his house used to be the hub for all the Jan Sangh and RSS leaders as residence/hiding point and meeting point.[citation needed]

1977 – After the emergency was lifted, the first OTC of RSS was held at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Patna, all the Sangh's National Padadhikaris (officeholder) stayed at his residence 'Arya Bhawan'. B P Koirala also came to his residence to meet Balasaheb Deoras.[citation needed]

At the same time top dignitaries from Arya Samaj ( Pradhan- Ram Gopal Shalwale), (Mantri- Om Prakash Tyagi) stayed at his residence for the work of Arya Samaj and also coincidentally met Balasaheb.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Arya Bhawan, Patna
Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Arya Bhawan, Patna

During everyone's stay, his father late Mundar sah used to monitor everyone's hospitality and make sure no one had any problem.

1979 – Bihar Vaishya Parishad organised an event for which Karpoori Thakur inaugurated the ceremony and Mr Prasad was the Swagat Adhyach (Welcoming Chief).[citation needed]

1980 – When BJP was formed he became the Nidhi Pramukh of BJP Bihar chapter. He is considered one of the first few members of BJP in Bihar.[citation needed]

1985 – He again tried his luck from Danapur constituency on BJP ticket but couldn't succeed. During the election campaign many leaders came to Danapur. Prof. Sukhada Pandey gave a very mesmerizing and inspiring speech which was noticed by the central team.

Atal ji with mother of Ganga 'babu' during Jan Sangh event in Patna.
Atal ji with mother of Ganga 'babu' during Jan Sangh event in Patna.

[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "New governors appointed: All you need to know". The Times of India. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Profiles of new Governors of TN, Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Who is Ganga Prasad?". Indian Express. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  4. ^ "President Kovind Appoints 5 New Governors, Tamil Nadu Gets Its Own After A Year". NDTV. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ "In Gangtok, Ganga Prasad takes oath as new Governor of Sikkim, replaces Shriniwas Patil". FirstPost. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
Political offices Preceded byBanwarilal Purohit Governor of Meghalaya 5 October 2017 – 25 August 2018 Succeeded byTathagata Roy Preceded byShriniwas Dadasaheb Patil Governor of Sikkim 26 August 2018–present Incumbent