Suvendu Adhikari

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Suvendu Adhikari

NameSuvendu Adhikari
DOB15 December 1970
(Age 52 Yr. )

Personal Life

Education MA
Caste Brahmin
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Profession Politician
Birth Place Contai, Purba Medinipur,  West Bengal, India

Physical Appearance

Height 5 feet 5 inches
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black

Family

Parents

Father- Sisir Kumar Adhikari

Mother- Gayatri Adhikari

Siblings

Brothers- Dibyendu Adhikari, Soumendu Adhikari, and one other

Suvendu Adhikari is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party who is the current Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly since 2021 and a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Nandigram Assembly constituency since 2021 and from Contai South (Vidhan Sabha constituency) from 2006 to 2009. He previously served as the Minister of Transport from 2016 to 2020, Irrigation and Water resource from 2018 to 2020 in the Government of West Bengal. He was also a member of Lok Sabha from Tamluk from 2009 to 2016 and the chairperson of Jute Corporation of India from 2020 to 2021. He was a forner member of the Trinamool Congress from 1998 to 2020 and Indian National Congress from 1995 to 1998. He is the son of Sisir Adhikari, Member of Parliament and former Union Minister of State for Rural Development in the Manmohan Singh government.

Early life and education

Adhikari was born on 15 December 1970 to Sisir Adhikari and Gayatri Adhikari at Karkuli in Purba Medinipur district in West Bengal. Sisir Adhikari is a politician, and former Minister of State in Second Manmohan Singh ministry and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kanthi constituency in 2019. Adhikari is unmarried.

One of Suvendu's brothers, Soumendu, is the chairman of the Kanthi municipal corporation. Dibyendu Adhikari, elected to Lok Sabha in 2019 from Tamluk constituency, is also his brother.

Adhikari received a Master of Arts degree from Netaji Subhas Open University.

Early Political career

Adhikari was first elected as a councillor from Indian National Congress in the Contai Municipality in 1995. In 2006, Adhikari was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Kanthi Dakshin constituency. He also became the chairman of Kanthi Municipal Corporation in the same year.

In 2007, Adhikari spearheaded the anti-land-acquisition movement in the Nandigram. He led the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee. The ruling Left Front government in West Bengal planned to acquire 10,000 acres of land in the village to set up a special economic zone. This movement catapulted Mamata Banerjee to the centre-stage of Bengali politics. The state CID alleged that Adhikari had supplied arms to the Maoists to wage an armed movement against the state government.

After Adhikari's success in Nandigram, Banerjee made him the party's observer (in-charge) of the Jangal Mahal i.e. Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura districts. He was successful in expanding the party's base in these districts. In 2009, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tamluk constituency. He defeated his nearest rival Lakshman Seth of Communist Party of India (Marxist) by a margin of approximately 173,000 votes.

In the 2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, Adhikari was pitted against Abdul Kadir Sheikh of the Left Front - Indian National Congress alliance in Nandigram constituency. After getting elected, he resigned as an MP from Tamluk constituency. He was sworn in as the Minister of Transport in the Second Mamata Banerjee ministry on 27 May 2016. Adhikari resigned from the post of chairman of Hooghly River Bridge Commission (HRBC), a statutory body under the Government of West Bengal on 26 November 2020. He also resigned as West Bengal Transport Minister on 27 November 2020. He had tendered his resignation to the speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly as MLA on 16 December 2020 which was not accepted by the speaker initially on grounds of technicality. However, it was eventually accepted on 21 December 2020. On 17 December 2020 he resigned from the primary membership of All India Trinamool Congress.

On 19 December 2020, he joined Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Home Minister Amit Shah.

2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election

He defeated the sitting chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram assembly seat in 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election by 1956 votes. Mamata Banerjee has filed an election petition in Calcutta High Court challenging the verdict of Nandigram.

On 10 May, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced Suvendu Adhikari's name as leader of the BJP legislature party in the West Bengal assembly.

Electoral history

1995 : Elected as a councillor from Indian National Congress in the Contai Municipality
2006 : Elected to West Bengal Vidhan Sabha, from Kanthi Dakshin (Vidhan Sabha constituency) as member of AITC.
Resigned mid-term to join Lok Sabha
2009 : Elected to Lok Sabha, from Tamluk (Lok Sabha constituency), member of AITC (All India Trinamool Congress)
2014 : Elected to Lok Sabha, from Tamluk (Lok Sabha constituency)
Resigned mid-term to join Vidhan Sabha
2016 : Elected to West Bengal Vidhan Sabha, from Nandigram (Vidhan Sabha constituency), member of AITC
2021 : Elected to West Bengal Vidhan Sabha, from Nandigram (Vidhan Sabha constituency), member of BJP