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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
The Chief Minister of West Bengal Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, addressing at the 52nd National Development Council Meeting at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on December 9, 2006.jpg
Bhattacharjee in December 2006
7th Chief Minister of West Bengal
In office
6 November 2000 – 13 May 2011
Preceded by Jyoti Basu
Succeeded by Mamata Banerjee
2nd Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal
In office
12 January 1999 – 5 November 2000
Chief Minister Jyoti Basu
Preceded by Jyoti Basu
Succeeded by Vacant
Cabinet Minister, Government of West Bengal
In office
Chief Minister Jyoti Basu
Ministry and Departments Home and Hill Affairs
In office
Chief Minister Jyoti Basu
Ministry and Departments Information and Culture
Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal
In office
Preceded by Ashok Mitra
Succeeded by Manish Gupta
Constituency Jadavpur
In office
Preceded by Prafulla Kanti Ghosh
Succeeded by Prafulla Kanti Ghosh
Constituency Cossipur
Member of Polit Bureau, Communist Party of India (Marxist)
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-03-01) 1 March 1944 (age 79)
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Political party Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Relations Sukanta Bhattacharya (uncle)
Residence(s) Palm Avenue, Kolkata
Alma mater Presidency College

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also known as Buddha Babu (born 1 March 1944) is an Indian Communist politician and a former member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He served as the 7th Chief Minister of West Bengal from 2000 to 2011.

At first he was the MLA of Kashipur-Belgachia from 1977 to 1982. Later he became the MLA of Jadavpur on 1987.

He was the MLA of Kashipur-Belgachia constituency for over 5 years and MLA of Jadavpur Constituency for over twenty four years until 13 May 2011, when he was historically defeated by the former Chief Secretary of his own government, Manish Gupta, by 16,684 votes in the 2011 West Bengal election. He is the second West Bengal Chief Minister to lose an election from his own constituency, after Prafulla Chandra Sen in 1967.

Events during his tenure as Chief Minister included attempts to industrialize West Bengal thwarted by the TATA's Tata Motors leaving Bengal in the face of the joint protests of the Trinamool Congress, Socialist Unity Centre of India, and Indian National Congress, the land acquisition dispute in Singur, the Nandigram incident, and the Netai incident.

Early life

Born in 1944 in north Calcutta, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee belongs to a family which had produced another famous son. Revolutionary poet Sukanta Bhattacharya was his father's cousin. A former student of Sailendra Sircar Vidyalaya, Bhattacharjee had his ancestral house in Bangladesh. He studied Bengali literature at the Presidency College, Kolkata, and secured his B.A. degree in Bengali (Honors), later he joined the CPI(M) as a primary member. Besides taking active part in the food movement, he also supported Vietnam's cause in 1968. He was appointed state secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation, the youth wing of the CPI(M) that was later merged into the Democratic Youth Federation of India.

Published works

  • Nazi Germany r Jonmo O Mrityu (transl. The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany) (2020)
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