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Partha Chatterjee Biography – A Cabinet Minister, Government of West Bengal

Partha Chatterjee is an Indian politician currently serving as the minister of Commerce and Industries and formerly served as the Education Minister of Government of West Bengal. He represents Trinamool Congress.

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Real Name: Partha Chatterjee
Profession: Indian politician
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Spouse: Babli (Jayasree) Chatterjee
Age: 69

Partha Chatterjee (born 6 October 1952) is an Indian politician currently serving as the minister of Commerce and Industries and formerly served as the Education Minister of the Government of West Bengal. He represents Trinamool Congress. He also holds the political office of General Secretary of West Bengal of the All India Trinamool Congress.

Partha Chatterjee Biography
Partha Chatterjee Biography
Partha Chatterjee Biography
Cabinet Minister, Government of West Bengal
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 May 2021
20 May 2011 – 20 December 2012
Governor M.K. Narayanan
Jagdeep Dhankhar
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Ministry and Departments
  • Ministry for Industry, Commerce, and Enterprise
  • Ministry for Information Technology and Electronics
  • Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs
Preceded by Nirupam Sen
Amit Mitra
Sailen Sarkar
Dr. Debesh Das
In office
20 May 2014 – 10 May 2021
Governor M.K. Narayanan
D. Y. Patil
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Jagdeep Dhankhar
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Ministry and Departments Ministry of School Education
Preceded by Bratya Basu
Succeeded by Bratya Basu
Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
2001
Preceded by Nirmal Mukherjee
Constituency Behala Paschim
Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
21 September 2006 – 13 May 2011
Deputy Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury
Preceded by Pankaj Kumar Banerjee
Succeeded by Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra
Constituency Behala Paschim
Personal details
Born 6 October 1952 (age 69)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Political party All India Trinamool Congress
Other political
affiliations
Indian National Congress (till 1998)
Spouse(s) Babli (Jayasree) Chatterjee
Children Sohini Chatterjee
Residence(s) Kolkata
Alma mater University of Calcutta (BA)
IISWBM (MBA)
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Early life

Partha Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. His alma mater is Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur, and then Asutosh College, where he studied economics. He completed his MBA from ISWBM.

Partha Chatterjee Biography
Partha Chatterjee Biography

Career

Partha Chatterjee worked as an HR professional with Andrew Yule.

He was elected as an MLA from Behala Paschim in 2001 and re-elected from the same constituency in 2006. In 2011 he won by a margin of 59,021 votes. He was the Opposition Leader in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 2006 to 2011.

He was re-elected from the same constituency in the 2016 and 2021 West Bengal assembly elections.

He was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20 May 2011. He allotted the portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Public Enterprises, Information Technology and Electronics, and Parliamentary affairs.

He was nominated as deputy leader of the house in 2011. After the Assembly election in 2016, he became the Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education and School Education Department, West Bengal Government, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Public Enterprises, Information Technology and Electronics replaced by Amit Mitra.

After the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Election, once again, the portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Information Technology, and Electronics were given to him and the Ministry of Higher Education and School Education Department, West Bengal Government, replaced him with Bratya Basu.

Partha Chatterjee with Arpita Mukherjee
Partha Chatterjee with Arpita Mukherjee

Controversy

In July 2022, Chatterjee was arrested from his residence by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the state-level School Service Commission (SSC) scam case along with his aide, actress Arpita Mukherjee. He was admitted to SSKM Hospital after complaining of chest pains. Later, he was shifted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar, where doctors said he suffered from chronic diseases but did not need immediate hospitalization and was released. He is currently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate.

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