AP CM YS Jagan Pays Tributes To Senior CPI Leader Gurudas Dasgupta

APCM  YS Jagan Pays Tributes To Senior CPI Leader Gurudas Dasgupta  - Sakshi Post

Tadepalli/Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his grief over the death of senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta who passed away on Thursday morning. Paying tributes to the leader, he said that Dasgupta's services rendered for the welfare of the people and workers force was unforgettable. He was someone who symbolised and stood for high values in politics, he said in his condolence message.

Veteran communist leader, trade unionist and parliamentarian Gurudas Dasgupta (82), died at his south Kolkata residence on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Dasgupta, deputy general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), passed away at 6 a.m., family sources said. "He was admitted to Tata Medical Centre, where he was on ventilation also for some time.

On Monday he was released from the hospital and brought home where he breathed his last," said Dasgupta's granddaughter and party state secretary, Swapan Banerjee.

The Communist Party of India deputy general secretary, Dasgupta is survived by his wife, daughter and a grand daughter

Gurudas Dasgupta

Born on November 3, 1936, in Barishal (now in Bangladesh) of undivided Bengal, Gurudas Dasgupta was baptised into politics through the student movement, and served as the president and general secretary of the undivided Bengal Provincial Students' Federation between 1958 and 1960.

He was detained under Defence of India Rules in 1965 and went underground on several occasions during the Congress rule in West Bengal. He visited various countries including Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, South Africa, the UK and erstwhile Soviet Union. Condoling his death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Dasgupta will be remembered for his contribution to the nation as a Parliamentarian and trade union leader.

Dasgupta, a three-term Rajya Sabha member, was also elected to the Lok Sabha twice --from Panskura in 2004 and Ghatal in 2009.

He was twice re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1988 and 1994. Dasgupta lost the bypoll to the Panskura constituency in West Bengal in 2000, but won the seat in the general elections four years later as a Left Front backed candidate.

Dasgupta was one of those parliamentarians who repeatedly highlighted the Bofors scandal that came into the public domain in the late 1980s during the prime ministerial stint of Rajiv Gandhi.

He also served on the joint parliamentary committees formed to probe the securities scam and the 2G spectrum scandal. One of the tallest leaders of the Indian trade union movement, Dasgupta served the All India Trade Union Congress in various capacities including its general secretary and vice-president. "He was one of those leaders who successfully brought all trade unions under a common platform in the interest of the workers. The strong joint trade union movements that we see nowadays is the result of that effort," said Banerjee. (IANS)

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