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Saumitra Khan

Saumitra Khan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office

16 May 2014
Preceded by Susmita Bauri
Constituency Bishnupur
MLA, West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office

2011–2014
Preceded by Kalpana Koley
Constituency Katulpur
Personal details
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Sujata Mondal

Saumitra Khan (born 8 December 1980) is an Indian politician representing the Bishnupur constituency of West Bengal in the Lok Sabha since 2014. He belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Khan started his career with Indian National Congress party and was elected to West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Katulpur constituency. In 2013, he switched to the ruling Trinamool Congress. In the 2014 Indian general election, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bishnupur constituency. In early 2019, he defected to Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the centre. Following his defection, a police case was lodged against him for allegedly extorting money from job aspirants. The Kolkata High Court prevented him from entering his constituency. He won with a margin of more than 78,000 votes without even holding any political rally in the area.

Personal life [ edit ]

Khan was born on 8 December 1980 to Dhanonjoy Khan and Chhaya Rani Khan at Durlabhpur in Bankura district, West Bengal. He studied at Panchmura Mahavidyalaya.[1]

Political career [ edit ]

In 2011 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, Khan was elected to the assembly from Katulpur constituency as a candidate of the Indian National Congress party.[2] On 12 December 2013, he announced his intention to join the ruling Trinamool Congress party. He alleged that the state Congress unit was ignoring the Bankura district.[3] Four days later, he officially joined Trinamool Congress party.[2]

In 2014 Indian general election, Khan was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Bishnupur constituency. After getting elected, he said that his priority as an MP would be to develop Bishnupur as a tourist spot and to protect the rights of workers who make Baluchari Sari.[4] On 9 January 2019, he defected to Bharatiya Janata Party. Subsequently, he was expelled by his former party.[5] The Times of India reported that Mukul Roy, who himself defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party played an important role in recruiting Khan.[6] The "dynastic rule" in the Trinamool Congress and the political violence in the state were the reasons cited by Khan to switch parties.[7]

In February 2019 it was alleged that Khan had extorted money from job aspirants on false promises.[8] The Kolkata High Court announced that he could not be arrested though it prevented him from entering Bankura.[8] In the following month, Khan was interrogated by the Bankura police.[9] On 12 April, the Supreme Court of India refused to overturn the ban on him although he was allowed to enter the district for filing his nomination papers.[10]

In the absence of Khan, his wife Sujata Khan started campaigning for him for the upcoming general election.[11] Khan managed to win from the same constituency with a margin of 78,047 votes even without holding any roadshow or addressing any political rally.[12][13][14]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Saumitra Khan". India. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Another Congress lawmaker crosses over to Trinamool". Avenue Mail. 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "'Curious' MLA does U-turn, eyes Trinamul". The Telegraph. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  4. ^ "32 newly elected under-35 MPs & what they intend to do for their constituencies". The Economic Times. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ "TMC MP Saumitra Khan joins BJP, party expels him". India Today. 9 January 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  6. ^ "TMC says party MP Saumitra Khan who joined BJP already 'expelled'". The Times of India. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  7. ^ "TMC MP Soumitra Khan joins BJP, calls TMC a 'party of aunty and her nephew'". The Economic Times. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Soumitra Khan Cannot Be Arrested: High Court". Kolkata 24x7. 18 February 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Bishnupur MP grilled for extorting money". The Asian Age. 5 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  10. ^ "SC refuses to vacate Calcutta HC order over Saumitra Khan's 'no-entry' into Bankura". ANI News. 12 April 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Wife rallies forces after bar". The Telegraph. 1 April 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  12. ^ "After saffron surge in WB, Saumitra Khan exurbes confidence of sweeping assembly polls". ANI News. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Bengal's Saumitra Khan Couldn't Rally for Himself; Armed With Modi's Pep Talk, His Wife Does the Job". News18. 27 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Bengal BJP leader Saumitra Khan wins Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat despite campaign ban". The New Indian Express. 25 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
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