Beni Prasad Verma
Beni Prasad Verma (11 February 1941 – 27 March 2020) was an Indian politician and a member of the Samajwadi Party. Earlier he was with Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav, then he joined Indian National Congress and was elected on its ticket to Lok Sabha in 2009. In 2016 he rejoined Samajwadi Party.
Beni Prasad Verma
|Member Of Parliament|
5 July 2016 – 27 March 2020
|Preceded by||Jugul Kishore|
|Succeeded by||Jai Prakash Nishad|
|Minister of Steel|
19 January 2011 – 26 May 2014
|Preceded by||Virbhadra Singh|
|Succeeded by||Narendra Singh Tomar|
|Member of Parliament |
2009 – 2014
|Preceded by||Kirti Vardhan Singh|
|Succeeded by||Kirti Vardhan Singh|
|Member of Parliament |
1996 – 2009
|Preceded by||Laxminarain Mani Tripathi|
|Succeeded by||Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh|
|Born||11 February 1941|
Barabanki, United Provinces, British India
|Died||27 March 2020 (aged 79)|
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Political party||Samajwadi Party|
|Children||3 sons and 2 daughters|
|Residence||Sirauli Gauspur, Barabanki district|
Beni Prasad Verma was the steel Minister of the 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 Kaiserganj constituency seat. 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.
In 2016, he rejoined the Samajwadi Party.
Beni Prasad Verma has established educational institutions Chaudhary Charan Singh Mahavidyalaya at Bardari near Badosarai and Mohanlal Verma 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 were 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 percent sub-quota for Muslims even if the Election Commission says it's 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. 
In December 2013, when he asked about Kumar Vishwas standing against Rahul Gandhi in the 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."
- Press Trust of India (12 June 2016). "Samajwadi Party Wins 7 Rajya Sabha Seats In UP, Kapil Sibal Emerges Victorious". NDTV. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- [permanent dead link]
- 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. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012.
- "Beni Prasad Verma is 'happy' with rising prices, gets flak". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012.
- "Beni Prasad Verma says Rs 71 lakh too little for a central minister". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 1 June 2013.