Hashim Abdul Halim, Indian politician, Died at 80

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Hashim Abdul Halim was born on June 5, 1935, and died on November 2, 2015.

He was an Indian politician who was Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2011.

Abdul started his career as a practising lawyer.

Abdul’s father was Abdul Halim, an Alderman at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, his uncle, M. Ishaque was a member of the Congress Party and a freedom fighter.

He has also served as the Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and President of the World Federation of United Nations Association.

A member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal for the first time in 1977.

Thereafter, he served in the assembly for six terms, from 1977 to 2011.

He was the Minister for Judicial Affairs in the Government of West Bengal from 1977 to 1982 and subsequently served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2011.

Abdul was the MLA for Amdanga constituency from 1977 to 2006, when he shifted his constituency to the Entally constituency.

He was the MLA from Entally until 2011. He has served in numerous departments and committees of West Bengal.

Abdul has also represented West Bengal at numerous seminars in India and abroad.

He was the longest-serving speaker of any legislative assembly in India, serving for a consecutive 29 years from 6 May 1982 to May 2011.

After the 2011 elections in Bengal, Abdul was replaced by Biman Banerjee as the Speaker of the West Bengal Vidhan Sabha.

Abdul holds a master’s degree in commerce, a bachelor’s degree in law and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Soka University, Tokyo.

Abdul is married and has four children.

His son, Fuad Halim, was the CPI(M) candidate for the Ballygunge constituency in the 2011 West Bengal elections, but lost to Trinamool Congress’ Subrata Mukherjee by 41,000 votes.

Hashim passed away at age 80 in November 2015.

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