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Mohammed Salim
মোহাম্মদ সেলিম
State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), West Bengal
Assumed office
16 March 2022
Preceded bySurjya Kanta Mishra
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
2014–2019
Preceded byDeepa Dasmunsi
Succeeded byDebasree Chaudhuri
ConstituencyRaiganj
In office
2004–2009
Preceded byAjit Kumar Panja
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
ConstituencyCalcutta North East
Minister for Technical Education and Training, Youth Welfare, Minority Development and Welfare, Self Employment, Government of West Bengal
In office
16 May 2001 – 17 May 2004
Preceded bySatyasadhan Chakraborty
Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal
In office
2001–2004
Preceded bySultan Ahmed
Succeeded byMd. Abu Sufayen
ConstituencyEntally
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
3 April 1990 – 16 May 2001
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Chandra Shekhar
P. V. Narasimha Rao
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
ConstituencyWest Bengal
Member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Assumed office
19 April 2015
Preceded byBuddhadeb Bhattacharya
Personal details
Born (1957-06-05) 5 June 1957 (age 67)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
SpouseDr. Rosina Khatun
Children2
ResidenceKolkata
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
Jadavpur University
Websitemdsalim.org
As of 17 September, 2006
Source: [[1]]

Mohammed Salim (born 5 June 1957) (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ সেলিম) is an Indian politician, who is the incumbent State Secretary in West Bengal of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was inducted in the politburo of CPI(M) in the 21st party congress organised at Visakhapatnam in 2015. He was a Member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing Raiganj constituency.[2] Earlier, he was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha, representing the Calcutta North East constituency of West Bengal.[1] After delimitation, in the 2009 Lok Sabha election Salim contested the new Calcutta North constituency, and lost to Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress.[3][4] Mohammed Salim is contesting the 2024 Indian general election as the Left Front candidate from the Murshidabad (Lok Sabha constituency). [5]

Early life

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Born on 5 June 1957 in the Kidderpore area of South Kolkata to Azizul Haque, an employee of Kolkata Port, and Ladly Haque, Salim was one of nine siblings. He did his schooling from St. Barnabas High School, Calcutta. Afterwards he studied Humanities. During this time, he was saved from drowning in a village in Uluberia by a woman, with whose family he still maintains contact.[citation needed]

Political career

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He joined the Maulana Azad College in Kolkata to study philosophy. During his college days, he became a part of the contemporary student's movement in West Bengal and became an active member of the Students' Federation of India. He was elected general secretary of the students' union of his college immediately after re-imposition of democracy post the Indian Emergency. He has stated that the Emergency was the most influential event in his life, which made him opt for politics.

After passing out from Maulana Azad College, he enrolled in Jadavpur University to obtain his master's degree in philosophy. During his days of student activism in Jadavpur, he met up with his future colleagues at CPI(M) Nilotpal Basu and Manab Mukherjee. He served as the President of Kolkata district committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (D.Y.F.I.) during 1983-1989.

He also served as the General Secretary of the DYFI from 1991 to 2001. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal in 1990 and served two terms till 2001.

In the West Bengal assembly elections held in 2001, he was elected from the Entally. He served as the Minister for Technical Education and Training, Youth Welfare, Minority Development and Welfare, Self Employment till 2004.

In the 14th General Elections held in 2004, he won from the Calcutta North East constituency of West Bengal and served as the deputy leader of the CPI(M) Lok Sabha group. After delimitation, in the 2009 Lok Sabha election Salim contested the new Calcutta North constituency, and lost to Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress.[3][4]

He was a member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing Raiganj constituency.[2] In 2019 Indian general election he again contested from Raiganj but lost against Debasree Chaudhuri of Bharatiya Janata Party and lost his security deposit after coming third.[6] He also served as the deputy leader of the CPI(M) Lok Sabha group between 2004 and 2009 and again between 2014 and 2019. He also contested from the Chanditala Vidhan Sabha Constituency in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, but lost to actor Swati Khandoker of TMC.

He was also elected to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1998.[7] He was later inducted in the state committee and state secretariat in 2006. He was elected to the politburo of C.P.I.(M.) in the 21st party congress organised at Visakhapatnam in 2015.

In 2022, he was elected as Secretary of West Bengal state committee of CPI(M). He has led efforts to rejuvenate the party in West Bengal after it was routed in the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b "Current Lok Sabha Members Biographical Sketch". Archived from the original on 5 September 2004.
  2. ^ a b "General Elections to Lok Sabha 2014 Constituency Wise Trends & Results". West Bengal. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Selim drowns in Mamata wave". The Statesman, 17 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 May 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Left Front fields Md. Salim from Murshidabad". West Bengal. The Hindu. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  5. ^ "All but one Left Front candidates set to lose their security deposit in West Bengal". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ "A Ministry of promise". Frontline. 9 June 2001. Retrieved 24 December 2022.