Former Leader of Opposition Atish Chanda Sinha dead
Kolkata | Thursday, Mar 4 2010 IST
Former West Bengal Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Atish Chandra Sinha died following a massive heart attack at his residence here today. He was 69.
Educated in Presidency college and in the UK, Sinha hailed from a royal family of Kandi in Murshidabad. His father was a Minister in the cabinet of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy in the fifties.
Sinha, who was first elected to the state Assembly from Kandi on Congress ticket, became a Minister in the cabinet of Siddhartha Sankar Ray, who ran a Congress Government till 1977. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984 from Baharampur following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Sinha was again elected to the state Assembly in 1991 and almost monopolised the Kandi seat by winning successive elections till 2001. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2000 and Congress Legislature Party leader from 2001 to 2006. However, in course of intra party politics, he developed difference with Adhir Chowdhury, the Congress MP from Baharampur and was defeated in the 2006 Assembly elections.
As the differences with Adhir Chowdhury reached to the point of no return, Sinha first floated 'Indira Rajiv Manch' within the party and finally quit Congress to Join the Trinamool Congress in 2008.
He is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.
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