Cyber Journal 24, February 3, 2016
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has once again made it in the headlines as Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has asked him to vacate his ministerial bungalow that he was supposed to leave after resigning as Union Minister of State in May 2014. Here are some lesser known facts about the MP.
When it comes to facing chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in TMC dominated state of West Bengal, the Congress party trusts Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary to lead. Last time he was in the political limelight after being appointed as West Bengal state Congress president.
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has worked as the Union Minister of State for Railways since October 2012 to 2014. He perfectly managed his tasks as Union Minister of state, and at the same time, he also managed to criticize West Bengal’s chief minister every month.
After taking over as Union Minister of State, Adhir conducted surprise visits at several railway stations in West Bengal to review various aspects of the railways.
He attracted a lot of attention in February 2014, when he presented the Interim Rail Budget. After presenting the budget, he openly agreed that his ministry does not have sufficient funds and they do not have any magic wand to solve all the problems faced by the railways. He also appreciated Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge for his efforts taken to satisfy the common man with limited resources. Adhir failed to take any impressive decisions as minister of state.
Several criminal cases registered against the former union minister
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary also manages to be in headlines due to various criminal cases which he is facing in West Bengal. In February 2012, he and 14 other Congress workers were accused of using weapons, rioting, hiring goons, and attacking District Magistrate’s house in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. The Congress party was embarrassed when Baharampur court issued arrest warrant against him in TMC leader- Kamal Sheikh’s murder case during September 2013.
More about his political career
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary contested and won Assembly elections from West Bengal’s Nabagram Assembly constituency in 1996, and served as an MLA till 1999. The 59 year old MP is representing Baharampur Lok Sabha constituency as its MP since 1999. He won his fourth Lok Sabha election from the same constituency in 2014. His attendance in the Parliament has been more than 80 percent between 2009 and February 2014. He participated in 88 debates and raised more than 300 questions during Lok Sabha sessions.
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