Date & year of birth: August 30, 1954
Constituency: RS MP from Bihar
Whether represented the constituency before: No
Whether held ministerial charge earlier: Yes
The Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha till now, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a member of the BJP’s national executive, was born on August 30, 1954.
Prasad, who is also a distinguished senior advocate in the Supreme Court, has rendered his legal services to the party representing senior leaders as well as filing a petition on behalf of “Ram Lalla” in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.
The BJP leader from Bihar, who has had three terms from the Rajya Sabha, has had several stints as Union minister. He became the minister of state for coal and mines in 2001 in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Later, he was given additional charge of the ministry of law and justice in 2003.
As minister of state (independent charge) for the information and broadcasting ministry, he was instrumental in initiating reforms in the radio and television industry. He is credited with establishing Goa as the location of the International Film Festival of India. Prasad, who started his political career as a student leader in the 1970s during the JP movement, was imprisoned during the Emergency.