Pralhad Joshi
Shri Pralhad Joshi Minister of Coal.jpg
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Assumed office
30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Coal
Assumed office
30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byPiyush Goyal
Minister of Mines
Assumed office
30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
24 May 2004 (2004-05-24)
Preceded byVijay Sankeshwar
ConstituencyDharwad
President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Karnataka
In office
12 July 2012 (2012-07-12) – 12 January 2016 (2016-01-12)
Preceded byK. S. Eshwarappa
Succeeded byB. S. Yediyurappa
Personal details
Born (1962-11-27) 27 November 1962 (age 59)
Vijayapura,[1]Vijayapura district, Mysore State (present-day Karnataka), India
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Jyothi Joshi
Children3
[2]

Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi[3] (born 27 November 1962) is an Indian politician who is the current union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines of India, since from 30 May 2019 and Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, since from 2004, representing the Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency. He was also the State President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Karnataka (BJP) from 2014 to 2016. He served in the panel of chairpersons of Lok Sabha (2014-2018).

Pralhad Joshi (sometimes spelled Prahlad Joshi) first came to public notice with RSS when they organised a movement to hoist the Tri-colour flag at Idagah Maidan Hubli Karnataka during 1992–1994. Recently the Supreme court has upheld the Karnataka High Court order restoring the ownership of the said maidan to The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal corporation. He has been elected to Lok Sabha in the general elections of 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019.

On 30 May 2019, Pralhad Joshi was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term government.

Early Politics

An industrialist by vocation in his early days, Pralhad Joshi ingratiated himself into the political fray by organizing a movement to hoist the Tri-colour flag at Idagah Maidan (Also known as Kittur Rani chennamma Maidan) Hubli Karnataka during 1992-1994. He also led the "Save Kashmir Movement" during those years, which established him as a known figure in those regions of the state.[4] He was then elected the president of BJP in Dharwad district. He first contested in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004 where he won the Dharwad constituency by defeating INC's B.S Patil.

He's won three consecutive elections from that constituency and is the incumbent MP of Dharwad. In the 2009 General elections, he won by second highest margin amidst 28 constituencies in Karnataka, while most of the ministers and MPs secured a loss in the same year. In 2019, he retained the Dharwad seat for a second term by a margin of over one lakh votes and was subsequently appointed as Minister of parliamentary affairs; Minister of coal; and Minister of Mines in Modi's cabinet.[5]

Union Minister

Pralhad Joshi taking charge as the Minister of Coal on 31 May 2019.
Pralhad Joshi taking charge as the Minister of Coal on 31 May 2019.

He took oath as the Cabinet minister on 30 May 2019 and became the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2006.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi | National Portal of India". www.india.gov.in.
  4. ^ "In Hubli's disputed Idgah, a lesson for Gurugram". The Indian Express. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Pralhad Joshi: Age, Biography, Education, Wife, Caste, Net Worth & More - Oneindia". www.oneindia.com. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  6. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
Lok Sabha Preceded byVijay Sankeshwar Member of Parliamentfor Dharwad North 2004 – 2009 Succeeded byConstituency ceased to exist Preceded byConstituency created Member of Parliamentfor Dharwad 2009 – Present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar Minister of Parliamentary Affairs 31 May 2019 – Present Incumbent Preceded byPiyush Goyal Minister of Coal 31 May 2019 – Present Incumbent Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar Minister of Mines 31 May 2019 – Present Incumbent