Abhijit Mukherjee

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Abhijit Mukherjee
অভিজিৎ মুখোপাধ্যায়
Member of the India Parliament
for Jangipur
Assumed office
18 October 2012
Preceded by Pranab Mukherjee
Member of Legislative Assembly
for Nalhati
In office
13 May 2011 – 18 October 2012
Preceded by Dipak Chatterjee
Succeeded by Dipak Chatterjee
Personal details
Born (1960-01-02) 2 January 1960 (age 58)
Hoogly, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Chitralekha Mukherjee
Children Two
Parents Pranab Mukherjee
Suvra Mukherjee
Residence Kabi Bharati Sarani
Alma mater Jadavpur University
Occupation Chartered Engineer & Social Worker

Abhijit Mukherjee (born 2 January 1960) is an Indian politician who serves as Member of Parliament (MP) from the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in the Indian state of West Bengal. He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC).

Mukherjee won the 2012 Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency election by 2,536 votes defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival Muzaffar Hussain. The seat was vacated by his father President Pranab Mukherjee after he was elected as the President.[1]

Mukherjee was reelected to Lok Sabha from Jangipur in 2014.[2]

Early years

Abhijit Mukherjee was born in a Bengali family on 2 January 1960 in Hoogly in West Bengal. He is the son of Pranab Mukherjee (the former President of India) and Suvra Mukherjee.[3] His grandfather, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, was active in the Indian independence movement and was a member of West Bengal Legislative Council between 1952 and 1964 as a representative of the Indian National Congress.[4][5] Mukherjee graduated with a B.E in Mechanical Engineering from the Jadavpur University in 1984.[3]

Professional career

Mukherjee has worked as a corporate executive for firms like the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Maruti Udyog Limited and the Steel Authority of India Limited.[6] He was General Manager in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] in the Steel Authority of India Limited.[3]

Political career

Mukherjee began his political career with the Indian National Congress. In the 2011 elections, Mukherjee defeated Dipak Chatterjee of AIFB to win the legislative seat of Nalhati.[7]

"Painted–dented" controversy

In December 2012, Mukherjee faced widespread criticism when, in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, he referred to the protestors as women who were "highly dented and painted".[8] In an interview[9] to ABP News, he also said that these women go to discothèques[10] and are disconnected with reality.[11] The remarks caused a huge controversy, almost as large as the original rape issue.[12][13][14] His sister Sharmishtha expressed surprise at the remarks, and said that their family was not like this.[8] Abhijit later apologized for his sexist comments.[15]


  1. ^ The Hindu : News / National : Congress loses Tehri, scrapes through in Jangipur
  2. ^ "General Elections to Lok Sabha 2014 Constituency Wise Trends & Results". West Bengal. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Life of Abhijit Mukherjee". abhijitmukherjee.in. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Who is Pranab Mukherjee?". NDTV. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Biography". Pranab Mukherjee. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "No surprises here, it's a staid First Family". Tehelka. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nalhati". Assembly Elections May 2011 Results. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit terms anti-rape protesters 'dented and painted' women - Economic Times
  9. ^ Presidents son Abhijit Mukherjee taunts Delhi agitation - YouTube
  10. ^ The Hindu : News / National : Sexist comment ‘dents’ President’s son
  11. ^ Painted women protesting, not students: Abhijit Mukherjee | Firstpost
  12. ^ Sexist comments by President's son, CPI-M leader invite West Bengal's ire - Hindustan Times
  13. ^ Abhijit Mukherjee’s foot-in-mukh moment steals spotlight from rape cases | India Insight
  14. ^ Abhijit Mukherjee's 'sexist' comment draws ire on Facebook, Twitter - Times Of India
  15. ^ President's son Abhijit Mukherjee apologizes after calling anti-rape protesters 'dented and painted' - Times Of India

External links

  • Mukherjee's website
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