Gurudas Dasgupta is Communist Party of India’s most popular trade union leader and an acclaimed parliamentarian. He is famous for filing public interest litigations against ministries, exposing corruption activities and for organizing nationwide protests against the central government’s anti people economic policies.
The 78 year old MP has served three terms as Member of Rajya Sabha from 1985 to 2004. He represented the Panskura Lok Sabha constituency as its MP from 2004 to 2009 and is currently representing Ghatal Parliamentary constituency as its MP since 2009.
MP Gurudas Dasgupta
CPI (M)’s senior leader Gurudas Dasgupta was the first politician who had raised the issue of corruption in contract signed with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) for exploration of oil and gas from the Krishna-Godavari block. However, the media did not highlight this issue till it was raised by Arvind Kejriwal after taking over as Delhi’s chief minister. The Aam Admi Party’s chief walked away with all the credit for Gurudas Dasgupta’s work.
It was Gurudas Dasgupta who had sent several letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding corruption in the KGD6 gas field, and gas pricing. However, most of these letters and points raised by the CPI were ignored by the media, and were termed as “stunt against Corporates”. In November 2013, the CPI leader surprised everyone when he urged the Supreme Court to make petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily a respondent to a PIL regarding corruption in gas price fixing.
Congress and the BJP have similar economic policies to offer
During one of his public appearances in March this year, the MP from Ghatal had urged people to understand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi are two sides of the same coin. His party also claimed that both, BJP and Congress will support Corporates and come up with anti people policies.
Gurudas Dasgupta was one of the members of JPC formed to investigate the 2G scam. He was the first MP to openly point out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was completely aware about the 2G Spectrum scam. He also accused the Prime Minister of failing to perform his duty, and highlighted that PMO always works in favour of Corporates.
Gurudas Dasgupta recently attracted lot of attention when he criticized Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily for openly defying EC’s orders by allegedly ordering notification regarding doubling of gas prices which will indirectly benefit Reliance industries. He also declared that he is not going to contest 2014’s Lok Sabha polls due to his old age. Several anti corruption activists and labour union leaders were completely heart broken when they heard about this comrade’s plan to retire from active politics.
CPI (M) and other left parties have considerable presence only in the state of West Bengal and Kerala. Those holding glass full of wine and pastry in their hands dislike the CPI (M), their ideology is considered as anti development. However, their existence might prove to be very important for the welfare of the people in middle class income group.
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