Surjya Kanta Mishra

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Surjya Kanta Misra
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Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
1 June 2011 – 19 May 2016
Preceded by Partha Chatterjee
Succeeded by Abdul Mannan
In office
Preceded by Bibhuti Bhusan De
Succeeded by Pradyot Kumar Ghosh
Constituency Narayangarh
Minister for Health, Biotechnology, Panchayat Affairs & Rural Development
In office
16 May 1996 – 13 May 2011
Governor K. V. Raghunatha Reddy
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
Shyamal Kumar Sen
Viren J. Shah
Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Devanand Konwar
M.K. Narayanan
Preceded by Prasanta Chandra Sur
Succeeded by Subrata Mukherjee
Personal details
Born (1949-04-18) 18 April 1949 (age 68)
Narayangarh, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Political party CPI(M)
Spouse(s) Smt. Usha Misra
Residence Narayangarh, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal
Alma mater

SCB Medical College (MBBS)

Midnapore College (B.Sc.)
Profession Politician, social worker, Doctor

Surjya Kanta Misra is an Indian politician, belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He served as Minister of Health and Minister in-charge of Land & Land Reforms, Panchayats & Rural Development in the Left Front governments of West Bengal[1][2] and is the secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), West Bengal State Committee. After the 2011 assembly election he was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in May 2011.[1] He was inducted into the politburo of the CPI(M) following the death of veteran leader M.K. Pandhe in 2011.[3][4] In 2015, he was elected as the state secretary of CPI(M) in West Bengal, succeeding Biman Bose.

Political life[edit]

Surjya Kanta Misra became a member of CPI(M) in 1973. He unsuccessfully contested the 1977 assembly election from the Narayangarh. He was elected as the Chairperson of the Medinipur Zila Parishad in 1978 and served untll 1991. In 1982 he was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. In 1991, he was inducted into the state cabinet as a cabinet minister. Within his capacity as a cabinet minister he served in the Land & Land Reforms, Panchayats & Rural Development departments. He has also served as Minister-In-Charge of Health and Family Welfare, Biotechnology. He remained in the state cabinet till 2011. After the defeat of the CPI(M) in the 2011 assembly election he was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in May 2011. He became a state committee member in 1988 and a state secretariat member in 1995. He was elected to the Central committee of the party in 2002. He was elevated to the Politburo of the party in 2012. In 2015 he succeeded Biman Bose as the secretary of the West Bengal state committee. He is also a member of the all India working committee of All India Kisan Sabha. He was defeated in the 2016 assembly election as a candidate in Narayangarh.

Personal life[edit]

He is a qualified doctor but voluntarily gave up his practice after joining politics. He is married to Usha Misra. The couple has two daughters. He participated as an Indian medical volunteer at the time of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.


  1. ^ a b The Hindu. Surjya Kanta Mishra elected Leader of the Opposition
  2. ^ Chaturvedi, Pradeep. Food Security and Panchayati Raj. New Delhi: Published for Indian Association for the Advancement of Science and Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations by Concept Pub. Co, 1997. p. 289
  3. ^ The Telegraph. Rising sun in CPM’s cloudy sky
  4. ^ Surja Kanta predicts 7th Left Front government