Haider Aziz Safwi

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Haider Aziz Safwi
Minister for Cooperation and Inland Water Transport
In office
20 May 2011 – 14 March 2013
Preceded byRabindranath Ghosh
Succeeded byShankar Chakraborty
Minister for Correctional Administration
In office
14 March 2013 – 26 May 2016
Preceded byShankar Chakrabarthy
In office
13 May 2011 – 12 December 2018
ConstituencyUluberia Purba
Deputy Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
23 June 2016 – 12 December 2018
Preceded bySonali Guha (Bose)
Succeeded bySukumar Hansda
Personal details
Born26 February 1945
Died12 December 2018 at 1 pm (aged 73)
Belle Vue Clinic, Kolkata
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress
Spouse(s)Fatima Safwi
Children2 sons ,1 daughter
Alma materAligarh Muslim University

Haider Aziz Safwi was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer turned politician. He was the Deputy Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 2016 until his death in December 2018, and previously a cabinet minister in the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) government's first term in office. He had held the portfolios of Minister for Cooperation and Inland Water Transport and Minister for Correctional Administration.

Safwi retired from the IPS in 2005 as Director General of Police (Fire and Emergency Services) in West Bengal.[1] He held many other offices during his IPS career and was a recipient of both the President's Police Medal for distinguished service and the Police Medal for Meritorious Service. However, despite his accomplishments, many[who?] felt that his differences with the then Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, resulted in him being unfairly denied a chance to serve as Police Commissioner of Kolkata.

After retiring from the IPS, Safwi entered politics. He was inspired to join the TMC in 2009 by Mamata Banerjee's honesty and the service she had rendered to the people, especially the farmers in Singur. He was elected for that party as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA] from the Uluberia Purba constituency in the West Bengal state assembly election, 2011, with a margin of over 19,000 votes. He was inducted as a cabinet minister in the Mamata Banerjee government on 20 May 2011.

In 2016, Safwi was renominated by the TMC from the Uluberia Purba seat and retained it by a margin of 16,269 votes. Owing to his seniority and experience in administration, he was elected unanimously as the Deputy Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.

On 12 December 2018, Safwi died following a cardiac arrest, being declared dead on arrival at hospital.


  1. ^ "Ministers in Mamata's Cabinet". Government of West Bengal. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.