Beni Prasad Verma
|Beni Prasad Verma|
|Minister of Steel|
19 Jan 2011 - 26 May 2014
|Preceded by||Virbhadra Singh|
|Succeeded by||Narendra Singh Tomar|
|Preceded by||Kirti Vardhan Singh|
|Succeeded by||Kirti Vardhan Singh|
1996 - 2009
|Preceded by||Laxminarain Mani Tripathi|
|Succeeded by||Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh|
11 February 1941 |
Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||3 sons and 2 daughters|
|Residence||Sirauli Gauspur, Barabanki district|
|As of September 17, 2006
Beni Prasad Verma was steel Minister of Indian Government. He was the Public Works Department minister for the State of Uttar Pradesh in India for several years.
He served as the Union Communications Minister in Deve Gowda's cabinet from 1996-98.
He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998, 1999 and 2004 from the same constituency. In 2009, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Gonda constituency in Uttar Pradesh state as an Indian National Congress candidate and on July-12-2011 was appointed the Steel Minister in Manmohan Singh Government.
Beni Prasad Verma has established educational institutions Charan Singh Mahavidyalay at Bardari near Badosarai and Mahanlal Verma Educational Educational Institute in his home district of Barabanki.
In December 2009 during a debate session in Lok Sabha, Beni Prasad had made controversial remarks for Former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he used "man of low stands" for Mr. Vajpayee. This created serious agitation among BJP leaders protested immediately by shouting, they stalled parliament and demanded an apology. Home Minister P Chidambaram apologized for the remark, but the BJP said it would boycott the Lok Sabha till Verma apologises, But Verma refused to apologise.
On the next day, the then prime minister had apologised in the parliament for the controversial remark against the former prime minister. He said, “A member of our ruling coalition said something that was inappropriate; with regard to Vajpayee those words where used. I on behalf of our government apologise that those words should not have been used.”
In February 2012, during the Uttar Pradesh elections Verma dared EC to arrest him, saying quota for Muslims will be hiked. Verma said this while addressing a rally at Kaimganj in the presence of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and Union law and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid. Earlier, Khurshid created a controversy by stating that he would continue to speak on nine per cent sub-quota for Muslims even if the Election Commission says its against the guideline to promise such a thing during the elections.
On 19 August 2012 he made a remark in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh that "With the increasing price levels, the farmers are benefitting. Dal, atta, vegetables have all become expensive. I am happy with this price rise. The more the prices rise the better it is for farmers," the minister said .
On 15 October 2012 he made a controversial remark that "I believe Salman Khurshid could not have embezzled Rs 71 lakh. It is a very small amount for a central minister. I would have taken it seriously if the amount was Rs 71 crore." The Times of India said his statements are grossly ill-timed and ill-phrased. 
On 13 December 2012, he made a remark that “Do not hang Afzal Guru but give him life imprisonment”. The timing of Verma’s statement is important as it came on a day when the nation was paying homage to the martyrs of terrorist attack on Parliament. It was on this day in 2001, heavily armed terrorists attacked the temple of democracy, killing 11 persons including five policemen.
In December 2013, when he asked about Kumar Vishwas standing against Rahul Gandhi in election from Rahul Gandhi's home place Amethi he said, "what will he fight, how will he fight. He is nothing but a joker. There are so many jokers already, he can join them."
- Beni Prasad Verma
- Christophe Jaffrelot
- "PM apologises for remark on Vajpayee". Zee News.
- "BJP threatens to stall Parliament over 'insult' to Vajpayee". Rediff.
- "Prime Minister apologises for remarks against Vajpayee". NDTV.
- "Beni Prasad Verma dares EC says quota for Muslims will be hiked (TOI)". The Times Of India.
- "Beni Prasad Verma is 'happy' with rising prices, gets flak". Hindustan Times.
- "Beni Prasad Verma says Rs 71 lakh too little for a central minister". The Times of India.
- "Who is Beni Prasad Verma?". Hindustan Times. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Detailed profile: Beni Prasad Verma in India.gov.in website
|Minister of Steel
19 Jan 2011 - 26 May 2014
Narendra Singh Tomar