The Congress party today, June 18 named Adhir Chowdhury its leader in Lok Sabha. At the long pending strategy session this morning, where Rahul Gandhi and his mother UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were present, the matter was discussed.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is currently serving as the Member of Parliament for Berhampore since 1999. He is also the former president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress.
Chowdhury was born on 2 April 1956 to Niranjan and Saroja Bala Chowdhury at Berhampore in Murshidabad district, West Bengal.
Chowdhury joined the Indian National Congress party during the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Nabagram constituency. Chowdhury lost by a margin of 1,401 votes. During the polling, he was chased by 300 supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and held hostage by its candidate.
Chowdhury contested the 1999 Indian general election from Berhampore constituency. He won by a margin of more than 95,000 votes. he went on to become the Congress president for the Murshidabad district.
Between 2000 and 2004, he served as a member of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of External Affairs.In 2003, under Chowdhury’s leadership, the Congress party won 23 out of 33 zilla parishad seats, 13 out of 26 panchayat samitis and 104 out of 254 village councils in Murshidabad.
On 28 October 2012 he was inducted in the Union Ministry under Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh as Minister of State for Railways.
In 2014, he became the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress.