Life sketch of Suranjit Sengupta

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Suranjit Sengupta

Senior Awami League leader and veteran parliamentarian Suranjit Sengupta was born on February 9, 1939 at Anwarpur village under Derai Upazila in Sunamganj District. He was an Awami League lawmaker in the Jatiya Sangsad as well as the president of the standing committee on the ministry for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. He was one of the members of Awami League Advisory Council until his death.

Suranjit Sengupta started his political career with leftist parties from his student life. In 1960’s he was a central leader of the then leading student organization, East Pakistan Chhatra Unoin (now Bangladesh Chhatra Union).

He was elected as a Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) for the first time in 1970’s national election of Pakistan from Derai-Shalla constituency of Sunamganj (greater Sylhet district) as a candidate of National Awami Party (NAP). In 1971, he participated the Liberation War and played a significant role. He had a significant contribution in the Liberation War as a member of NAP-Chattra Union-Communist Party Guerrilla Bahini.

After the Liberation War, he was elected Member of the Parliament (MP) from Derai-Shalla constituency in 1973, 1979 and 1986’s national election as a NAP nominated candidate.

In the fifth national election in 1991, he was elected MP from same constituency as a candidate of the Gonotantry Party (a faction of NAP).

In the first constituent assembly of Bangladesh, Suranjit was a vocal member of the opposition bench.

In early 1990, he joined Awami League and was elected MP in 1996, 2001, 2008 and 2014’s parliament election as an Awami League candidate.

The Awami League-led grand alliance government appointed Sengupta as Railway Minister in the end of 2011. But after 5 months, he resigned on April 17, 2012 on an allegation of bribery. Though his resignation letter was not accepted, he was a cabinet minister without portfolio.

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