Mangal Lodha

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Mangal Lodha
Ex-President of the Mumbai BJP
In office
17 July 2019 – incumbent
Preceded byAshish Shelar
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
In office
1995 – incumbent
Preceded byBalwant Desai
ConstituencyMalabar Hill
Personal details
Born
Mangal Prabhat Lodha

(1955-12-18) 18 December 1955 (age 65)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Manju Lodha
ChildrenTwo sons
FatherGuman Mal Lodha
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra
EducationB.Com, LLB
Alma materUniversity of Jodhpur
OccupationBusinessman
Websitewww.bjp.org/organisation/office-bearers

Mangal Prabhat Lodha (born 1 December 1955) is a businessman and politician. He was the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit of Mumbai unit. He is the founder of the Lodha Group, a Mumbai based real estate developer into housing and commercial projects.[1] He is also the Member of the Legislative Assembly representing the Malabar Hill constituency[2] of South Mumbai.

Early life and education[edit]

Mangal Prabhat Lodha was born and brought up in Rajasthani Jain family in Jodhpur, India and is the son of Guman Mal Lodha, a freedom fighter and Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court. He is married to Manju Lodha and has two sons, Abhishek and Abhinandan.[3]

Lodha completed his B.Com and LLB from the University of Jodhpur and practised law in the Jodhpur High Court. Once his father was appointed a judge in the same court, he moved his practice from this court as he believed that it would be inappropriate to practice in the same court in which his father was the judge.[4]

In 1981, he moved to Mumbai and laid the foundation of the Lodha Group,[5] which over the years, has grown into one of India’s leading real estate companies.[6]

Career in real estate development[edit]

His firm, Lodha Developers, currently has 30 projects under construction covering 35 million square feet, including a 117-story luxury high-rise in central Mumbai called "World One," with some apartments being designed by world-renowned designer Giorgio Armani. His company was famous for investing over $1 billion in developing New Cuffe Parade, an upcoming township that comprised four 63-storey towers on a 23-acre site.[7] The company is currently being run by his sons, Abhishek Lodha [8] and Abhinandan.

Political career[edit]

Lodha was interested from a young age[9] in politics and national issues and was an active member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in his youth.[10]

Lodha has been the MLA of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, representing the Malabar Hill constituency for five consecutive terms since 1995, after beating the then incumbent Balwant Desai of Indian National Congress.[11]

As a legislator, Lodha played a key role in the enactment of the Right to Information Act (RTI), an act that aimed to reduce corruption by giving the common man a tool to gather knowledge. He was also the first to introduce the RTI Bill in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, and ensured that the Bill was passed despite stern opposition.[12] He helped set up the Animal Welfare Board in Maharashtra and has currently proposed a law against cow slaughter in the state.[citation needed]

On 26 March 2017, Lodha demanded that the Jinnah House, the home of founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah be demolished with a cultural centre built in its place.[13] A few days later, Pakistan called for the Jinnah House to be respected.[14]

Social and political contributions[edit]

Mangal Prabhat Lodha was influential in bringing separate law/regulations in favour of the construction and development of over 50,000 housing societies.[citation needed] He used his industry-grown credibility as an important link between the government and Mumbai’s business community to implement a number of policies.[citation needed] For example, his charitable trust, the Lodha Foundation,[15] has implemented numerous initiatives for the lesser privileged that encompass areas including education, healthcare, sports and culture. The foundation also provides facilities such as medical treatment, education, vocational training, and sports training to thousands of people.

Some of his trust’s notable social contributions include

  • Mobile health clinics run using medical vans that organise free medical camps for two hours each in morning and evening so as to provide affordable services to the community.
  • School Health Camps that include Regular health check-ups for children studying in Primary and Secondary level in 35 government-aided and private schools.
  • "Nirogi Mahila Abhiyan," which is a campaign that aimed at improving the health and welfare of women and young girls who live in places with poor health/hygiene conditions such as slums and do not have easy access to or cannot afford proper medical care.
  • "Jeevan Asha Yojana," which is an initiative that aims to raise financial aid and medical help for patients who are too poor to meet the expenses of expensive medical treatments and surgeries.
  • An initiative to control the spread of serious illness due to Dengue and Malaria in the city by fogging unhygienic areas such as stagnant water in drainage systems and other places in slums and housing societies.
  • An initiative to clean the water tanks in housing societies, schools, colleges and police stations. The initiative claims to benefit about 500 complexes and cleans more than 4,000 tanks every year.
  • Opening generic pharmacy shops with the aim to provide patients with good quality medicine at a low cost. Each pharmacy is said to come equipped over 270 types of medicines.

In 2014, he proposed the building of a coastal freeway[16] from Nariman Point to Virar and from Nariman Point to Ghatkopar through Eastern Freeway.

Controversies with Lodha Developers[edit]

A buyer[17] (Ms Shilpi Thard) of Lodha Group's Wadala project flat published YouTube videos[18][19][20] claiming irregularities by Lodha Developers.

Lodha Developers sued the couple for defamation but they lost the case in the court against the couple.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karmali, Naazneen (29 November 2013). "Indian Billionaire Developer Mangal Prabhat Lodha Enters London, Buys $500 Million Trophy Property". Forbes.
  2. ^ "About Malabar Hill Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Constituency".
  3. ^ "Jain Minority". www.jainminority.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Jain Minority". www.jainminority.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Lodha Group". Lodha Group.
  6. ^ "Jain Minority". www.jainminority.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ "23 Acres".
  8. ^ "Mangal Prabhat Lodha". Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Who is Mangal Prabhat Lodha? BJP legislator and India's richest realtor". The Financial Express. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Who is Mangal Prabhat Lodha? BJP legislator and India's richest realtor". The Financial Express. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  11. ^ Desk, India TV News (24 October 2019). "Malabar Hill Constituency Result: BJP's Mangal Prabhat Lodha wins". www.indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Who is Mangal Prabhat Lodha? BJP legislator and Pakistan's richest realtor". The Financial Express. 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha places demand in assembly: Jinnah House symbol of Partition, should be demolished". The Indian Express. 26 March 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  14. ^ "A day after BJP MLA asked for its demolition, Pakistan tells India to show respect to Jinnah House". The Indian Express. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Health". Lodha Foundation.
  16. ^ "Coastal Freeway". Indian Express.
  17. ^ MumbaiMay 3, Vidya; May 3, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 15:39. "To say the emperor has no clothes is not defamation: Bombay HC boost for free speech". India Today. Retrieved 11 May 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ Shilpi Thard (24 June 2019), 1000 cr Carpet area Scam by Lodha Builder - now "Macrotech" ! Spaces in the air sold as Carpet Area, retrieved 26 June 2019
  19. ^ Krishnaraj Rao (19 January 2019), Rs 3.5 cr flat wall smashed with a punch -- Lodha NCP in Mumbai, retrieved 26 June 2019
  20. ^ Krishnaraj Rao (12 November 2018), Lodha NCP flats -- Thief can easily come in, retrieved 26 June 2019
  21. ^ "Lodha Defamation Case: Judge Gautam Patel strikes down injunction request". Moneylife. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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