Nurul Huda (CPI(M) politician)

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Nurul Huda in Calcutta. March, 2014. Photograph by Ronny Sen

Nurul Huda was an Indian politician, former Member of Parliament and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Assam. A leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Nurul Huda belonged to the Central Committee of the party.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Nurul Huda hailed from a Manipuri Muslim (referred to as 'Pangal') family. He was born in Dolugram, a village in the remote parts of Cachar district in Assam. He holds engineering and law degrees.[2][3] Whilst studying engineering at Jadavpur University he came into contact with the communist movement thereby joining the student politics wing of the CPI (M).[4]

1974 by-election[edit]

He contested the 1972 Assam Legislative Assembly election from the Lakhipur seat and finished in second place, with 12,374 votes (38.91%).[5]

Nurul Huda was elected to the Lok Sabha in a by-election in Cachar in early 1974.[6] He defeated the Indian National Congress candidate and former Minister Mahitosh Purkayastha by a margin of 19,944 votes.[6][7] His victory was declared on 26 February 1974. The by-election had been called following the death of incumbent Congress parliamentarian Jyotsna Chanda.[6]

MLA[edit]

In the 1977 Lok Sabha election, Nurool Huda contested the Silchar seat (the Cachar seat had been abolished in delimitation). He faced the Congress Party candidate Rashida Haque Choudhury, widow of Moinul Haque Choudhury.[8][9] Nurool Huda lost the seat, obtaining 110,085 votes (44.26% of the votes in the constituency).[9] However, he won the Silchar Legislative Assembly seat in the 1978 elections. He obtained 20,409 votes (44.64%), defeating Janata Party candidate Kabindra Purkayastha.[10]

Later elections[edit]

Nurool Huda lost the Silchar Legislative Assembly seat in the 1983 election. He finished in third place with 7,296 votes (13.13%).[11] In 1985 Nurool Huda sought to recapture his seat in the Lok Sabha, standing as a candidate in the Silchar constituency (Lok Sabha polls could not be carried out in Assam during the 1984 general election). He finished in second place with 175,711 votes (39.08%), being defeated by Santosh Mohan Dev of the Congress Party.[12] In the 1991 general election Nurul Huda again finished in second place in Silchar, obtaining 193,350 votes (36.81%). He lost to Kabindra Purkayastha (now representing the BJP).[13]

Again, facing Santosh Mohan Dev and Kabindra Purkayastha, Nurul Huda finished third in the Silchar seat in the 1996 Lok Sabha election. He obtained 120,703 votes (21.67%).[14] He again finished third in the 1998 Lok Sabha election in Silchar, obtaining 172,999 votes (27.78%).[15]

CPI(M) fielded the now 74-year-old Nurul Huda in the 2004 Lok Sabha election from Silchar. He finished in fourth place with 20,020 votes.[16]

Shift to Delhi[edit]

In 2005 the party relieved Nurul Huda of his responsibilities in Assam, and he shifted to work with the national level office of All India Kisan Sabha (peasants movement) in Delhi.[17] As of 2007 he served as joint secretary and finance secretary of the AIKS.[18] The founding conference of the All India Fishers and Fisheries Workers’ Federation (AIFFWF), held in 2007 (co-organised by AIKS and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, elected Nurul Huda as its treasurer.[19] The 32nd All India Conference of AIKS, held in 2010, elected Nurul Huda as finance secretary of the organisation.[20]

Death[edit]

Nurul Huda died on December 17, 2015 at Ruby Hospital in Kolkata, after having suffered a heart attack two days earlier.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People's Democracy. Report On the 14th Manipur State Conference Of The CPI(M)
  2. ^ a b The Telegraph. CPM to contest in Silchar and Barpeta
  3. ^ Shibani Kinkar Chaube (1985). Electoral politics in northeast India. Universities Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-86131-470-6. 
  4. ^ Siliguri Times. Ex-CPI-M MP from Silchar Nurul Huda dies in Kolkata nursing home
  5. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1972 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ASSAM
  6. ^ a b c The Journal of Parliamentary Information, Vol. 20. Lok Sabha Secretariat. 1974. p. 672. 
  7. ^ Shiv Lal (1978). Elections Under the Janata Rule. Election Archives. p. 29. 
  8. ^ The Election Archives, Vol. 30-32. Shiv Lal. 1977. p. 681. 
  9. ^ a b Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1977 TO THE SIXTH LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  10. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1978 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ASSAM
  11. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1983 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ASSAM
  12. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1985 TO THE EIGHT LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  13. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1991 TO THE TENTH LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  14. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1996 TO THE ELEVENTH LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  15. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1998 TO THE 12TH LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  16. ^ Election Commission of India. STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS, 2004 TO THE 14TH LOK SABHA - VOLUME I (NATIONAL AND STATE ABSTRACTS & DETAILED RESULTS)
  17. ^ Communist Party of India (Marxist). Report on Implementation of Organisational Tasks
  18. ^ People's Democracy. Gearing Up Against Sugar Mills Privatisation Threat
  19. ^ People's Democracy. CITU- AIKS Organise First Conference of AIFFWF
  20. ^ People's Democracy. S R Pillai and K Varadharajan Re-elected as President and Gen-Sec
  21. ^ ZeeNews. Nurul Huda, ex-MP of CPI-M, dies in Kolkata