Mr Prasad has been given charge of the ministries of law and telecom.
In 1973, he was elected as assistant general secretary of the Patna University Students' Union, which had RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav as its president and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi as its general secretary.
Mr Prasad's father, Thakur Prasad, was a founder member of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, the BJP's previous incarnation. He was also senior advocate, and Mr Prasad followed his father's footsteps.
He was named as a BJP spokesman in 2007, and as its chief spokesman in 2007. He was appointed as a BJP general secretary in 2010. Two years later, he was nominated as the party's deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha.
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