Profile

Shri. Pralhad Joshi,

Member of Parliament
DHARWAD – (State – Karnataka)

General

Shri. Pralhad Joshi’s is a house hold name in his Parliamentary Constituency, Karnataka.  This is because of his dedication to the cause of poor, downtrodden, agriculturists, apart from his concern towards social, regional and national issues.

Political Career

Shri. Pralhad Joshi, since his younger days, is a BJP activist, and played important role in the party growing from strength to strength in the State of Karnataka.  Dharwad Loksabha Constituency has been held by the  BJP continuously since 1996.  Shri. Pralhad Joshi has been acclaimed to be instrumental in BJP’s popularity in the district and the region as well.

Shri. Pralhad Johsi was BJP’s Dharwad District President and presently he is the General Secretary, Karnataka State Unit of the party. A person of highest degree of discipline in his life, Shri. Pralhad Joshi is hailed as the man of the masses.  In 1992, Shri. Joshi took upon himself the local leadership on “Save Kashmir Movement”. Again in 1992 he lead a movement with success in Hubli in hoisting National Flag in Kittur Channamma Circle (Idgah Maidan), which bestowed upon him the status of a leader in this part of Karnataka.

Because of the services rendered him, Shri. Pralhad Joshi got elected as Member of Parliament for Dharwad Constituency Karnataka) with thumping majority in 2004, and again in 2009 with very huge margin.

Achievements as Member of Parliament

Shri. Pralhad Joshi, has been an active Parliamentarian since day one. He has taken up and fought for a number of causes, both inside and outside the Parliament, and has succeeded in solving a number of issues relating to his constituency and the State, as also issues of National importance. Many of his efforts have yielded fruits.  Some of the issues taken up by Shri. Joshi are Hubli-Ankola Railway Line, Gadag-Bijapur Gauge Conversion (since completed), New Goodshed at Navalur (since completed), Modernisation of Hubli Railway Workshop, Upgradation of Hubli Railway Station, Crop Insurance Scheme, Development of Hubli-Dharwad City, procurement of funds from Central Govt.,  to various developmental activities such as upgradation of Hubli Airport road to International standards, and many more.

Shri. Joshi took interest and procured a Central Govt. grant of Rs.3.80 Crores for a special project entitled “Baro Sadhanakerige”, a memorial of the very famous Poet of the state. and the Jnanapeeth Awardee, Dr. Da- Ra- Bendre.  A beautiful garden in front of Dr.Bandre’s House stands testimony to Shri. Joshi’s efforts.

Positions held in Parliament

In 14th Loksabha, he was nominated to serve on Standing Committees on (a) Chemicals and Fertilizers, (b) Transport and Culture and (c) Consultative Committee, on Finance. In the present 15th Loksabha he is a member of (a) Standing Committee on Railways, and (b) recently nominated to be the member of Estimates Committee, and (c) Member of the Consultative Committee on Urban Development. Shri. Pralhad Joshi was a member of the Delegation on Empowerment of Women to UNO, in which Shri. Joshi addressed the General Assembly and he was lauded for his views. He is also elected to be Member of Tobacco Board and functioning efficiently.

Social Inclinations

Earlier to and even after his election as MP, Shri. Joshi has identified himself as a man-in-service-of-mankind. A member of the R.S.S., since his young age, Shri. Joshi got himself trained in various training camps of R.S.S. He has been concerned with solving the problems of the poor and earned the name “Man of the masses”. His area of interest is vast to include socio-cultural and educational.

To enable himself to serve the people better, Shri. Joshi has caused the establishment of two NGOs based at Hubli, through which a number of social activities, like Health Camp, Eye-Camp, and other cultural activities, and the people are all praise for such activities. He has been conducting public contact meetings in various parts of his constituency and hears the problems of the people himself directly. Thus people recognize him as the leader at the door-steps. To contribute constructively for the cause of education, he is placed himself in to an organization called Hubli education Society. Established by Shri. N. S. Hardikar, noted freedom fighter, as its Chairman which is ably running a noted Education Institute called as City High School, Hubli.

Contribution to Mid-Day Meals Scheme:As a part of his social concern activities he is also contributing liberally to a noted Foundation engaged in providing free mid-day meals project in this part of the State and responsible to feed nearly one lakh school children every day. 

Professional Career:     Shri. Joshi is a self-made man.  He did not aspire for a Govt/Company job.  On the other hand, he, together with a few of his          like-minded friends, has established a small scale industry, with the nomenclature “Vibhava Chemicals”.  Because of the quality of himself and those of his partners such as honesty, integrity, etc., the industry has grown to a reasonable size.  He also takes interest in espousing the cause of business fraternity and has been serving as Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hubli.

Personal Life

Shri. Joshi, belongs to a humble, but respectable family.  Born in 1962 as the 3rd child of Late Shri. Venkatesh Joshi (a Railway Employee) and Smt. Malatibai, he completed his primary education in Railway School, High School education in New English School, Hubli and Graduation from Sri Kadasiddeshwar Arts College, Hubli.   He is married to Smt. Jyothi and blessed with three children.

Besides, his social concern, other interests of Shri. Joshi are listening and popularizing Indian Classical music and other forms of art.  He plays cricket and reads extensively.