Tapan Sikdar

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Tapan Sikdar
Union Minister of State
In office
13 October 1999 – 10 May 2004
13 October 1999 – 1 July 2002Communications & Information Technology
1 July 2002 – 10 May 2004Chemicals and Fertilizers
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byNirmal Kanti Chatterjee
Succeeded byAmitava Nandy
ConstituencyDum Dum, West Bengal
Personal details
Born20 September 1944
Died2 June 2014 (aged 69)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materMalda College (B.Com)

Tapan Sikdar (20 September 1944 – 2 June 2014) was a Union minister of state in the National Democratic Alliance government of India and a Bharatiya Janata Party politician. He was born on 20 September 1944 in Jessore. His father Dr. D. N. Sikdar was a physician. His mother's name was Bela Rani Sikdar. He was member of 12 and 13 Lok Sabha representing Dum Dum (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal.

Tapan Shikdar died on 2 June 2014 in Delhi, AIIMS due to respiratory problems.[1]

Positions held[edit]

  • 1998 Elected to 12th Lok Sabha
  • 1998-99 Member, Committee on External Affairs and its Sub-Committee-III; Member, Committee on Finance; Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Water Resources
  • 1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 13 Oct. 1999-2002 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Communications
  • 10 Jan - 30 June 2002 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
  • 1 July 2002 -2004 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (India)

He was Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology (India). Later he was Union Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. He unsuccessfully contested the Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency in the 2009 general election where the All India Trinamool Congress candidate (who won and became the MP) got 458,988 votes whereas the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate got 438,510 votes) and he polled only 55,679 votes.[citation needed]

Dr. Syamaprasad Jana Jagaran Manch[edit]

Dr. Syamaprasad Jana Jagaran Manch is a forum of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dissidents in the Indian state of West Bengal. The forum was launched on 5 December 2004 by former Union Minister Tapan Sikdar.[2]

The organisation held its first convention in Kolkata on 8 March 2006.[3]

The forum is named after Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Sikdar maintains that the organisation is apolitical (in the sense that it is not a political party), and that he still sympathises with BJP. The group campaigns against Bangladeshi immigration to West Bengal.[4]


  1. ^ Former minister Tapan Sikdar dies at AIIMS in Delhi – The Times of India
  2. ^ "Dissident BJP leaders float parallel body in West Bengal". Deccan Herald. 5 December 2004. p. 1. Archived from the original on 13 December 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2006.
  3. ^ "Sikdar organises first Mancha convention". expressindia.com. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2006.
  4. ^ "Bangladeshi infiltration continues unabated: Tapan Sikdar". oneindia.com. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2006.

External links[edit]

External video
video icon Tapan Sikdar, BJP, Dum Dum - On Campaign Trail on YouTube
video icon Tapan Sikdar's Last Jourrney on YouTube