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Suresh Prabhu

He was an all powerful minister flying high in the NDA Govt till his master Bal Thackeray clipped his wings and brought him to ground. Sacked by Sena supremo, many thought the political career of this high profile "Union Energy Minister" was over.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2004 18:35 IST

He was an all powerful minister flying high in the NDA Govt till his master Bal Thackeray clipped his wings and brought him to ground. Sacked by Sena supremo, many thought the political career of this high profile "Union Energy Minister" was over. But the gutsy Chartered-turned-politician has proved every one wrong.

he not only clawed his way back to prominence but is today one of the key strategists of the Shiv Sena. And back in Thackeray's good books, he is returning to active politics with a Sena ticket from Rajapur in Konkan region. This is the constituency which was once represented by veteran socialist Madhu Dandavate.

At the time when he was sacked by Thackeray in Sena's Shirdi convention in April 2002, he was widely regarded as the only 'Mr Clean' in Vajpayee Government. But, apparently, it was his hunger for publicity that infuriated his mentor and he was made to pay the price with his resignation from the Cabinet.

His alleged neglect of Konkan regiona and setting up of a Sena-like network under the banner of 'Manav Vikas Sansthan' were the other arguments that went against him.

However, days after his retirement, Vajpayee appointed him as head of the National River Linking Project with Cabinet rank. It did not go well with Sena supremo but gradually Thackeray realised the potential and ability of this man.

Prabhu too showed keenness for a patch up with senior Thackeray through his son Udhav. And in the process, he also ensured good relations with his arch political rival and former chief minister Narayan Rane.

A lucid orator, he drafted a comprehensive action plan to better state economy in the event of Sena-BJP coming back to power. And the strategy has impressed Udav, who played a crucial role in getting Prabhu a Sena ticket from Rajapur.

However, political engagements have never come in way of his current job in National River Linking Project. He has also successfully organised 'career 2004' exhibition which was opened by president AJP Abdul Kalam.

He is one rare man, Shiv Sena is proud of for all the right reasons.