Bengaluru: Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi, the 56-year-old four-time Member of Parliament from Dharwad was, on Thursday, sworn in into the Cabinet of the newly elected Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.
Born into a Brahmin family, Joshi rose to prominence in the northern Karnataka district of Dharwad with the BJP and eventually replaced Vijay Sankeshwar in 2004 to contest from the Dharwad North constituency, which has been with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 1996.
A long-time RSS volunteer, Joshi’s political career took off after he led a campaign in 1992 to help hoist the Indian flag on Wakf Property in Idgah Maidan.
“I thank every voter of my constituency wholeheartedly, your vote has counted now and I am going to be minister in @narendramodi ji cabinet only because of your support, I assure I will do my best as minister for any responsibility given along with the development of constituency," Joshi wrote on Twitter.
Joshi was among three other parliamentarians from Karnataka who landed a ministerial berth in the Modi government that was sworn in on Thursday. Suresh Chanabasappa Angadi, the MP from Belagavi district, D.V.Sadananda Gowda who served as minister for statistics and planning, and Nirmala Sitharaman, the Rajya Sabha MP from the state and defence minister in the previous cabinet will be the other three representing Karnataka.
“I am thankful to @narendramodi ji for giving me opportunity to work with him as central minister. I also thank our national president @AmitShah ji and state president @BSYBJP ji and all other leaders of party for this opportunity. I also thank every voter of my constituency," he wrote in another tweet.
Joshi started his career as a BJP activist and served as the Dharwad district president as well as other roles within the party. He served on the committees on Chemicals & Fertilizers, Wakf, Transport, Tourism & Culture and Railways among others.
Joshi, along with a few others, had established a small-scale industry, Vibhava Chemicals in Hubli in 1988. Joshi and his wife Jyothi have three daughters.
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