Khagendra Nath Dasgupta

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Khagendra Nath Dasgupta
Minister, West Bengal
In office
1952-1967
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
1951–1969
Constituency Jalpaiguri
Member of Parliament
In office
1977–1980
Constituency Jalpaiguri
Personal details
Born 6 July 1898
Jalpaiguri
Died 15 June 1985
Political party Congress / Janata Party
Spouse(s) Aruna Dasgupta
Children 3 daughters

Khagendra Nath Dasgupta was an independence activist, minister in the West Bengal government, Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Vidhan Sabha and Member of the Lok Sabha.

Early life

Khagendra Nath Dasgupta was born on 6 July 1898 at Jalpaiguri to Ishan Chandra Dasgupta. He graduated from Rajshahi College. He joined a revolutionary party early in life and was a member of it from 1913 to 1920. After the special session of the Congress in Kolkata, he joined the non-cooperation movement in 1920. He organised the Congress Party in Jalpiaguri and was sent to jail several times. [1] [2]

He was elected Commissioner of Japaiguri Municipality in 1924 and thrice thereafter.[1] In the 1937 Bengal elections, Khagendra Nath Dasgupta won as a Congress candidate from the Jalpaiguri-cum-Siliguri constituency[3][1]

Post-Independence

He was elected to the West Bengal Vidhan Sabha from Jalpaiguri in 1951, 1957, 1962 and 1967.[4][5][6][7]

He was Minister, Public Works and Buildings, in 1952, Public Works and Building and Housing in 1957, Public Works in 1962,[8]and for a short duration in 1968.[2] He was leader of the opposition during United Front regime in 1967.[2]

He won the election to the 6th Lok Sabha as a Janata Party candidate (recorded as independent in election records) in 1977.[2][9] He retired from active politics in 1980. He died on 15 June 1985.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Samsad Bangali Charitabhidhan Biographical Dictionary) by Anjali Bose, 4th edition 1998, page 122, ISBN 81-85626-65-0, Sishu Sahitya Samsad Pvt. Ltd., 32A Acharya Prafulla Chandra road
  2. ^ a b c d "Members of Parliament – Lok Sabha - Profile". Dasgupta, Shri Khagendra Nath. Refocus India. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Srilata. "Congress Politics in Bengal 1919-1939". p 182. Anthem South Asian Studies – Wimbledon Publishing Company, PO Box 9779, London SW 19 70A. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "General Elections, India, 1951, to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal" (PDF). Constituency-wise Data. Election Commission. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "General Elections, India, 1957, to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal" (PDF). Constituency-wise Data. Election Commission. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "General Elections, India, 1962, to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal" (PDF). Constituency-wise Data. Election Commission. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "General Elections, India, 1967, to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal" (PDF). Constituency-wise Data. Election Commission. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  8. ^ WBPCC Congress Ministry, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
  9. ^ "General Elections, 1977 - Constituency Wise Detailed Results" (PDF). West Bengal. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
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