Brahma Prakash was a resident of Shakurpur village
Chaudhary Brahma Prakash will talk today in the Dhurandhar series of politics. Brahm Prakash was a resident of Shakurpur village in Delhi. His studies were done from Delhi only. When he became young, the freedom struggle was at its peak in the country at that time. At that time, Mahatma Gandhi along with the general public was fighting the battle to liberate the country from the British. At that time Brahma Prakash also became a part of this war along with Mahatma Gandhi. Brahma Prakash also went to jail many times in the course of the freedom struggle with Mahatma Gandhi. Brahm Prakash was greatly influenced by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and CK Nair. Later Brahma Prakash rose to the top of Delhi’s power. After this, he also considered these two as his ‘political guru’. However, later Chaudhary Brahm Prakash became just as anonymous in Delhi.
First Chief Minister of Delhi
When we talk about the Chief Minister of Delhi, the first name that comes to the mind of most of the people is probably the name of Madan Lal Khurana. After this the names of Sheila Dikshit and others come. Very few people would know that the first Chief Minister of Delhi was Chaudhary Brahm Prakash. Chaudhary Brahm Prakash’s family was originally from Rewari in Haryana. At a young age, Brahm Prakash not only participated in the Quit India Movement but also became one of the important leaders of the Congress at the age of just 34. Not only this, he was also made the first Chief Minister of Delhi on the proposal of Jawaharlal Nehru.
CM’s chair was found by chance
At the age of just 34, Brahm Prakash created history by sitting on the throne of Delhi’s CM. The story of Brahma Prakash being made the Chief Minister of Delhi is also very interesting. After getting independence, when elections were held in Delhi for the first time in 1952. Congress got majority in that election. The MLAs elected Deshbandhu Gupta, a popular leader of that time, as the leader of the Legislature Party. The date of Gupta’s oath was also fixed. It is said that something else was acceptable to Honi. Deshbandhu Gupta died in an accident even before taking oath as CM. After this, Jawaharlal Nehru put forward the name of Brahma Prakash for the post of CM. Then Brahm Prakash was unanimously elected as the candidate for the post of CM of Delhi. Brahm Prakash served as the Chief Minister of Delhi from 17 March 1952 to 12 February 1955.
There was dominance in Delhi’s politics
The clout that Brahm Prakash had in Delhi politics was unmatched. Apart from being the Chief Minister of Delhi, Brahm Prakash was also a Member of Parliament from here four times. In 1957, Brahm Prakash contested for the first time from the Sadar Lok Sabha seat. After this, in 1962 and 1977, he also won from the Outer Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. His clout can be gauged from the fact that out of 7 seats in Delhi, 6 went to Jansangh’s account. Even at that time Ch. Brahm Prakash won his Outer Delhi seat. At that time he had defeated senior leader of Jana Sangh Mihir Singh in the election. After the Emergency, in 1977, hurt by the split of the Congress, he joined the Janata Party. In 1977, he again reached the Lok Sabha by winning the election from Outer Delhi on the Janata Party ticket. When there was a split in the Janata Dal in 1979, at that time Brahma Prakash supported the faction of Chaudhary Charan Singh. After this, he also became a minister at the Center for some time. He did important work as Union Minister of Food, Agriculture, Irrigation and Cooperative. In the year 1980, Brahm Prakash had to face defeat at the hands of Congress candidate Sajjan Kumar.
He was famous by the name Sher-e-Delhi
Chaudhary Brahma Prakash lived a very simple life. The situation of simplicity was that after becoming the CM and even after leaving the post, he used to travel in the government bus only. His simplicity was also praised by the politicians with him. His simplicity can be gauged from the fact that despite being the CM, he did not even build his own house in Delhi. When people asked him about this, Brahma Prakash used to say that the whole of Delhi is my home. Staying among the people, he used to listen to their problems very leisurely. While walking, he used to mingle with people in such a way that it did not seem that he was at all different from a common man. He not only listened to the problems of the people but also tried his best to solve them. Because of his association with the people, he was also known as Sher-e-Delhi.
Organization and administrative skills were unmatched
Chaudhary Brahma Prakash was also known for his organization and administrative skills. During the Quit India movement, Brahma Prakash carried out many important works while being underground. Due to his flamboyant attitude and understanding, he came in the eyes of the top leadership of the party. Not only this, Brahma Prakash did not hesitate to put forward his views on any issue in front of the party high command. Due to his qualities, he had joined Jawaharlal Nehru’s very close people. In the year 2001, the postal department Ch. Also issued a postage stamp on Brahma Prakash. In Kheda Dabar of Najafgarh in Delhi, Ch. There is an engineering college named after Brahm Prakash. Apart from this, Ch. There is also Brahma Prakash Ayurveda Charak Sansthan. It is the largest autonomous Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital in Asia. In the Delhi Assembly too, Ch. There is a statue of Brahma Prakash.
father of co-operative movement
Chaudhary Brahm Prakash was always ahead in raising issues related to the deprived, exploited and poor sections of the society. He had realized from the very beginning that the difficulties of these people could end only with the power of cooperation. As early as 1945, he began to unite rural and agricultural cooperatives. He is also called the father of cooperative movement. Ch. Brahm Prakash along with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Dr. Verghese Kurien came up with the idea of promoting cooperative companies. Its objective was to free the cooperatives from the clutches of the government. The government used to control them through the Registrar of Corporate Societies. He worked for the development of cooperatives for 40 years. During this, he formed Delhi Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Delhi Central Cooperative Consumer Store, Delhi State Cooperative Institute. He was among those who supported the Panchayati Raj institution. He formed the National Union of Backward Classes, Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes and Minorities in the year 1977 for the welfare of the deprived sections. After 1956, in the year 1993, when the assembly was again restored in Delhi and its elections were held in the same year Ch. Brahma Prakash passed away.
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