Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
অধীর রঞ্জন চৌধুরী
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Berhampore
Assumed office
Preceded by Promothes Mukherjee
President of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
Assumed office
10 February 2014
Preceded by Pradip Bhattacharya
Union Minister of State for Railways
In office
28 October 2012 – 16 May 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee
Preceded by Kotla Jayasurya Prakasha Reddy
Succeeded by Manoj Sinha
In office
Preceded by Sisir Kumar Sarkar
Succeeded by Nripen Choudhury
Constituency Nabagram
Personal details
Born (1956-04-02) 2 April 1956 (age 61)
Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
Political party INC
Spouse(s) Smt. Arpita Chowdhury
Children 1 Daughter (Died by Suicide)
1 Daughter (Adopted)
Residence 9, Haribabu Lane
Berhampore - 2
West Bengal- 742102
Profession Social Reformer cum Politician
Religion Bengali Hindu

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (born 2 April 1956) was born in a Bengali family is currently a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Berhampore constituency of West Bengal and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party.[1]

Political career[edit]

Having dropped out of school at age 15 when political atmosphere was very tense and violent.[citation needed] He became MLA in 1996 and MP in 1999. The District Congress president, Shri Adhir was widely considered the chief architect of party's victory in zila parishad elections as also in elections to various municipalities in Murshidabad district.[citation needed] When Chowdhury has contested the Berhampore Lok Sabha seat, nobody expected him to win as Berhampore had not been won by the Congress since 1951 and was an RSP stronghold. He has won the Berhampore Lok Sabha seat consecutively since 1999. He took the initiative in the election campaigns of Pranab Mukherjee from Jangipur parliamentary constituency in Murshidabad district in 2004 and also in 2009 which won him the favour of the Congress high command.He was also responsible for the recent election of President Pranab's son Abhijit Mukherjee from the Jangipur Lok Sabha seat.[citation needed]

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

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.[2]

He was suspended from the Lok Sabha for a day of 28 July 2015 by speaker Sumitra Mahajan for insulting the chair after he banged a placard on her desk.[3]


Eviction from government allotted bungalow[edit]

On 22 January 2015, he was allotted a different accommodation instead of his current government allotted bungalow. But Mr Chowdhury claimed that the house was already occupied by another person when he went to inspect it. He reportedly rejected three more alternatives.[4] When the officials were determined to evict him, Mr Choudhury moved out on 2 February 2016.[5] In the response, Mr Chowdhury wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that his dignity and prestige have been "severely injured" and he would like to move a privilege motion. "Have some dignity," the Supreme Court told him on 5 February 2016, dismissing his request to keep the house longer.


  1. ^ Adhir Chowdhury -Political Profile Archived 6 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Adhir Chowdhury -Political Profile
  2. ^ "In tough message, Cong makes Adhir Chowdhury PCC chief - Times of India". Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Congress MP suspended from Lok Sabha for a day". 27 July 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  4. ^ 'Have Some Dignity', Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told by Supreme Court of India
  5. ^ "Evicted! Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Stayed A Year Too Long". Retrieved 20 September 2016. 

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