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Abu Hussain Sarkar was a Bengali politician and former chief minister of East Pakistan.

Abu Hussain Sarkar
Chief Minister of East Pakistan
In office
GovernorIskander Mirza
Muhammad Shahabuddin
Preceded byFazlul Huq
Succeeded byAtaur Rahman Khan
In office
GovernorFazlul Huq
Preceded byAtaur Rahman Khan
Succeeded byGovernor's rule
Personal details
Rangpur, British India
(now Bangladesh)
Died1969 (aged 75)
Dacca, Pakistan
(now Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Political partyShramik Krishak Samajbadi Dal


Early lifeEdit

Abu Hossain Sarkar was born in 1894 in Rangpur, Bengal Presidency. He was involved in the swadeshi movement and was arrested on 1911.[1]


Sarkar started his law practice in the Rangpur bar. He joined the Indian congress which he left over differences. In 1935 A K Fazlul Huq's Krishak Praja Party in 1935. In 1937 he was elected to the Bengal Constituent Assembly. He played an important role in the formation of Krishak Sramik Party in 1953. In 1953 Sarkar was elected to the East Bengal Provincial Assembly from the United Front. In 1955 he held the post of Minister of Health government of Chaudhry Muhammad Ali.[1]

On June 1955 he was elected the chief minister of East Bengal. His Government made 21 February as Shaheed Dibash and a public holiday. He started the construction of Central Shaheed Minar. As chief minister he also established the Bangla Academy. He resigned 0n 30 August 1956 over inflation of food grains and subsequent food shortages.[1][2][3]

From 1956 to 1958 he was the president of Krishak Sramik Party and the leader of the opposition party. He played an important role in the formation of National Democratic Front led by Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. He campaigned for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan.[1]


Sarkar died on 17 April 1969 in Dhaka, East Pakistan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sarkar, Abu Hossain - Banglapedia". Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  2. ^ Murshed, Manzur (2005-08-30). Broken Milestones. FLF Press. p. 275. ISBN 9781891855696.
  3. ^ Sengupta, Nitish K. (2011-01-01). Land of Two Rivers: A History of Bengal from the Mahabharata to Mujib. Penguin Books India. p. 516. ISBN 9780143416784.