Shiv Prakash
Joint National General Secretary (Organisation), Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
July 2014
President
Personal details
Born (1967-08-01) 1 August 1967 (age 56)
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materMahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.bjp.org/hi/national-general-secretarys

Shiv Prakash (born 1 August 1967) is an Indian politician and the current Joint National General Secretary (Organization) of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[1][2] He was assigned to the party from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 2014.[3][4]

Early life and education

Shiv Prakash was born on 1 August 1967, in Birubala, a small village in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. He completed his studies at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University.[citation needed]

Career

Shiv Prakash started his political career in 1986 as a district-level coordinator of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[5][6] In 2008, the RSS gave him the responsibility of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.[7]

In 2014, he was transferred to the BJP to take charge as joint general secretary,[8][9] soon after overseeing the party's victory in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.[10][11] Shiv Prakash, along with former Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader Arvind Menon, started working behind the scenes to lay the foundation of the BJP in the eastern states.[12][13]

In 2015, he came to West Bengal, where he worked at the booth level, learned the Bengali language, and formed party committees at 78,000 booths. The result was that the BJP won an unexpected victory in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.[14]

Currently, he is responsible for party-related development work in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal.[15][16]

As of July 2023, in the most recent restructuring of the central leadership within the BJP, Shiv Prakash has been reaffirmed in his role as the Joint National General Secretary (Organization).[17] The role of Joint National General Secretary is typically designated for members associated with the RSS. The responsibilities of those in this position encompass managing state-level party affairs, overseeing organizational matters, and serving as a crucial liaison between the BJP and the RSS, its ideological progenitor. Prakash continued to hold the position, albeit with an enhanced scope of responsibilities.[18]

Controversies

In 2016, an insider from the BJP disclosed to the media that concerns had arisen within the central leadership regarding the open conflict between Bhagat Singh Koshyari, then a potential candidate for the position of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and Shiv Prakash, who held the role of in-charge within the Uttarakhand BJP State Unit. The source revealed that Koshyari publicly voiced his discontent during the state executive meeting, where he critiqued Prakash for his alleged authoritative control over the state unit. This led to a verbal altercation between the two.[19]

References

  1. ^ Ramachandran, Smriti Kak (29 July 2023). "JP Nadda rejigs BJP central leadership; Dilip Saikia, CT Ravi among those dropped". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  2. ^ Ramaseshan, Radhika (2016). "RSS, BJP and Communal Polarisation in Uttar Pradesh Polls". Economic and Political Weekly. 51 (53): 50–53. ISSN 0012-9976. JSTOR 44166051.
  3. ^ Jaffrelot, Christophe (11 April 2023). Modi's India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy. Princeton University Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-691-24790-8.
  4. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (13 March 2021). "The RSS men fostering BJP's Bengal parivar". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Double engine! How two RSS workers are helping BJP ace West Bengal Polls". Financialexpress. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  6. ^ Gautam, Shailendra (13 March 2021). "पश्चिम बंगाल विधानसभा चुनाव: बीजेपी के लिए गुमनाम होकर लड़ रहा आरएसएस का यह सिपाही" [West Bengal Assembly Elections: This RSS soldier is fighting anonymously for BJP]. Jansatta (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  7. ^ Prabhasakshi (13 March 2021). "सत्ता में दीदी की वापसी के दरवाजे बंद करने के लिए एक्टिव मोड में संघ का सिपाही" [Sangh soldier in active mode to close the doors of Didi's return to power]. Prabhasakshi (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  8. ^ "RSS deputes Ram Madhav, Shiv Prakash to BJP". The Indian Express. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  9. ^ "Two RSS leaders to join BJP". The Hindu. 7 July 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Unsung RSS leaders behind BJP's electoral victories". Business Standard. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  11. ^ Jaffrelot, Christophe (11 April 2023). Modi's India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy. Princeton University Press. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-691-24790-8.
  12. ^ Pal, Sambit (18 January 2021). The Bengal Conundrum: The Rise of the BJP and the Future of the TMC. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-93-89812-68-8.
  13. ^ Mondal, Dibyendu (10 April 2021). "RSS work helps build BJP momentum in Bengal polls". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  14. ^ Prakash, Surya. "पर्दे के पीछे रहकर बंगाल में बीजेपी के लिए सालों से जमीन तैयार कर रहा है यह शख्स, बांग्ला भी सीखी" [This person has been preparing the ground for BJP in Bengal by staying behind the scenes for years, also learned Bengali]. Hindustan (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  15. ^ Vadlapatla, Sribala (28 February 2022). "Shiv Prakash to help BJP in state". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  16. ^ "BJP में संगठनात्मक बदलाव:राष्ट्रीय सह संगठन महामंत्री शिव प्रकाश को MP-CG सहित 6 राज्यों का प्रभार, बेस कैंप रहेगा भोपाल" [Organizational change in BJP: National Co-Organization General Secretary Shiv Prakash will be given charge of 6 states including MP-CG, Bhopal will be the base camp.]. Dainik Bhaskar. 31 December 2020.
  17. ^ Pandey, Manish Chandra (30 July 2023). "BJP's national team: U.P. gets lion's share, ex-AMU VC appointed party vice-president". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  18. ^ Arnimesh, Shanker (3 January 2021). "Why BJP has 'cut' number of joint general secretaries — RSS men in party — from 4 to 1". ThePrint. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  19. ^ Tiwari, Ravish (15 October 2016). "BS Koshiyari-Shiv Prakash's public feud dims BJP chances in Uttarakhand". The Economic Times. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
Preceded byV. Satish Joint National General Secretary (Organisation) of Bhartiya Janta Party 2014-present