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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
The Minister of State for Railways, Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury addressing at the presentation of the National Awards for Outstanding Service in Railways, in Mumbai on April 16, 2013 (cropped).png
Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 June 2019
PresidentRahul Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi (Interim)
Preceded byMallikarjun Kharge
President of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
9 September 2020
Preceded bySomendra Nath Mitra
In office
11 February 2014 – 22 September 2018
Preceded byPradip Bhattacharya
Succeeded bySomendra Nath Mitra
Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee
Assumed office
26 July 2019
Appointed byOm Birla (Lok Sabha Speaker)
Preceded byMallikarjun Kharge
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
1999
Preceded byPromothes Mukherjee
ConstituencyBerhampore
Minister of State for Railways
In office
28 October 2012 – 26 May 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (born 2 April 1956) is an Indian politician serving as the leader of the Indian National Congress in the 17th Lok Sabha and the Member of Parliament from Berhampore.[1] He is also the current president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee following the demise of Somendra Nath Mitra.[2]

Early life

Chowdhury was born on 2 April 1956 to Niranjan and Saroja Bala Chowdhury at Berhampore in Murshidabad district, West Bengal. He studied at I.C. Institute in Berhampore.[3]

Political career

Chowdhury joined the Indian National Congress party during the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Nabagram constituency. During the polling, he was chased by 300 supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and held hostage by its candidate. Chowdhury lost by a margin of 1,401 votes. In 1996, he was elected from the same constituency.[4] Chowdhury was polled 76,852 votes and won by a margin of approximately 20,329 votes.[5]

Chowdhury contested the 1999 Indian general election from Berhampore constituency. He won by a margin of 95,391 votes[4] and defeated his nearest rival, the sitting MP Pramothes Mukherjee of Revolutionary Socialist Party.[6] Following his success, he was made the Congress president for the Murshidabad district.[4] Between 1999 and 2000, he served as a member of Committee on Information Technology, Railway Convention Committee and Committee to Review the Rate of Dividend Payable by the Railway Undertaking to the General Revenues. Between 2000 and 2004, he served as a member of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs.[3] In 2003, under Chowdhury's leadership, the Congress party won 23 out of 33 zilla parishad seats, 13 out of 26 panchayat samitis and 104 out of 254 village councils in Murshidabad.[4]

On 28 October 2012 he was inducted in the Union Ministry under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of State for Railways.[7]

Chowdhury taking charge as the Minister of State for Railways, in New Delhi on 29 October 2012.

After taking charge as Minister of State for Railways, he has reviewed the statutes of safety, punctuality and passenger amenities with Board Members and inspected Sealdah, Howrah, Beharampur etc. railway stations to check adequacy of passenger amenity facilities.

He became the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress on 10 February 2014.[8]

In June 2019, he was selected as Congress leader in Lok Sabha. According to a report in NDTV, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was given the job after the party failed to convince Rahul Gandhi.[9] On 26 July 2019, Chowdhury was appointed as the chairman of Seventeenth Lok Sabha Committee on Public Accounts. The Public Accounts Committee is now constituted every year under Rule 308 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.[10]

After passing away of Somen Mitra, the then president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, on 9 September 2020, Chowdhury was appointed as the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.[11]

Personal life

Chowdhury married Arpita Chowdhury (nee Majumdar) on 15 September 1987.[3] Their only child, a daughter, Shreyashi died in October 2006 after falling off from the terrace of their apartment at the age of 18. The police suspected that it was a case of suicide.[12][13] On 9 January 2019, Arpita died.[14] In the 2019 Indian general election affidavit, Adhir Chowdhury declared that he was married to Atasi Chattopadhyaya Chowdhury. Media reported that Adhir had adopted her daughter.[15]

ReferencesBerhampore in Murshidabad district, West Bengal. He studied at I.C. Institute in Berhampore.[3]

Political career

Chowdhury joined the Indian National Congress party during the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Nabagram constituency. During the polling, he was chased by 300 supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and held hostage by its candidate. Chowdhury lost by a margin of 1,401 votes. In 1996, he was elected from the same constituency.[4] Chowdhury was polled 76,852 votes and won by a margin of approximately 20,329 votes.Indian National Congress party during the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Nabagram constituency. During the polling, he was chased by 300 supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and held hostage by its candidate. Chowdhury lost by a margin of 1,401 votes. In 1996, he was elected from the same constituency.[4] Chowdhury was polled 76,852 votes and won by a margin of approximately 20,329 votes.[5]

Chowdhury contested the 1999 Indian general election from Berhampore constituency. He won by a margin of 95,391 votesChowdhury contested the 1999 Indian general election from Berhampore constituency. He won by a margin of 95,391 votes[4] and defeated his nearest rival, the sitting MP Pramothes Mukherjee of Revolutionary Socialist Party.[6] Following his success, he was made the Congress president for the Murshidabad district.[4] Between 1999 and 2000, he served as a member of Committee on Information Technology, Railway Convention Committee and Committee to Review the Rate of Dividend Payable by the Railway Undertaking to the General Revenues. Between 2000 and 2004, he served as a member of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs.[3] In 2003, under Chowdhury's leadership, the Congress party won 23 out of 33 zilla parishad seats, 13 out of 26 panchayat samitis and 104 out of 254 village councils in Murshidabad.[4]

On 28 October 2012 he was inducted in the Union Ministry under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of State for Railways.[7]

After taking charge as Minister of State for Railways, he has reviewed the statutes of safety, punctuality and passenger amenities with Board Members and inspected Sealdah, Howrah, Beharampur etc. railway stations to check adequacy of passenger amenity facilities.

He became the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress on 10 February 2014.[8]

In June 2019, he was selected as Congress leader in Lok Sabha. According to a report in NDTV, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was given the job after the party failed to convince Rahul Gandhi.[9] On 26 July 2019, Chowdhury was appointed as the chairman of Seventeenth Lok Sabha Committee on Public Accounts. The Public Accounts Committee is now constituted every year under Rule 308 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.[10]

After passing away of Somen Mitra, the then president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, on 9 September 2020, Chowdhury was appointed as the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.[11]

Personal life