Shri Mahabir Prasad
Shri Mahabir Prasad was born on 11th November 1939 at village Ujjarpar of District Gorakhpur, in U.P. He did his M.A., LL.B. before starting his career as a Lecturer in Geography in the Gandhi Inter College at Mahuapar, Gorakhpur. Shri Prasad started his political career as a grass-root Congressman. From a humble beginning as a Sarpanch, Village Ujjarpar he quickly rose to the position of Member, Gorakhpur Zila Parishad and President, District Social Welfare Committee. He was the General Secretary of the DCC, Gorakhpur for many years. He served the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee in various capacities including that of the Member, Executive Committee; General Secretary; Vice President, and President. He was appointed as the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee in 1990. Shri Prasad was elected as a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Bansgaon (Reserved) Constituency in 1974. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bansgaon (Reserved) Constituency for three consecutive terms in 1980, 1985, and 1989. He served as a Member of the Parliamentary Estimates Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. Shri Prasad also served as the Deputy Minister for Railways (1988-89) and as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Mines (1989). He served as the Governor of Haryana from 14th June 1995 to 18th June 2000. During his tenure, he twice got the additional charge of Governor, Himachal Pradesh from September 1995 to November 1995 and from April 1996 to July 1997. Thereafter he once again served as the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee.
Shri Prasad worked for the cause of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Minorities. He was a crusader for communal harmony and national unity in the country. He was very popular as the President of the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Samriti Sansthan. He had firm faith in the ideals, principles and policies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He died on 29 November 2010 (aged 71), Rajender Nagar, New Delhi.