Saumitra Khan

Saumitra Khan (born 8 December 1980) is an Indian politician representing the Bishnupur constituency of West Bengal in the Lok Sabha since 2014. He joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 [2] and currently (as of December 2020) serves as the president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha West Bengal.

Saumitra Khan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded bySusmita Bauri
ConstituencyBishnupur
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
2011–2014
Preceded byKalpana Koley
Succeeded byShyamal Santra
ConstituencyKatulpur
Personal details
Born (1980-12-08) 8 December 1980 (age 40)[1]
Durlabhpur, Bankura district, West Bengal, India[1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
affiliations
Indian National Congress
All India Trinamool Congress
Spouse(s)Sujata Mondal
Alma materPanchmura Mahavidyalaya[1]
Signature

Khan started his career with Indian National Congress party and was elected to West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Katulpur constituency. In 2013, he switched to the ruling Trinamool Congress. In the 2014 Indian general election, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bishnupur constituency. In early 2019, he defected to Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the centre. Following his defection, a police case was lodged against him for allegedly extorting money from job aspirants. The Kolkata High Court prevented him from entering his constituency. He won with a margin of more than 78,000 votes without even holding any political rally in the area.

Personal lifeEdit

Khan was born in a Bengali Hindu family of Sunri caste on 8 December 1980 to Dhanonjoy Khan and Chhaya Rani Khan at Durlabhpur in Bankura district, West Bengal.[3] He studied at Panchmura Mahavidyalaya.[4] When his wife, Sujata Mondal Khan, joined the rival party to Bharatiya Janata Party, resulting in Saumitra Khan announced that he would be divorcing her soon. This has led to an ongoing controversy in West Bengal politics. Sujata Mondal Khan has announced to join AITMC.[5]

Political careerEdit

In 2011 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, Khan was elected to the assembly from Katulpur constituency as a candidate of the Indian National Congress party.[6] On 12 December 2013, he announced his intention to join the ruling Trinamool Congress party. He alleged that the state Congress unit was ignoring the Bankura district.[7] Four days later, he officially joined Trinamool Congress party.[6]

In 2014 Indian general election, Khan was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Bishnupur constituency. After getting elected, he said that his priority as an MP would be to develop Bishnupur as a tourist spot and to protect the rights of workers who make Baluchari Sari.[8] On 9 January 2019, he defected to Bharatiya Janata Party. Subsequently, he was expelled by his former party.[9] The Times of India reported that Mukul Roy, who himself defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party played an important role in recruiting Khan.[10] The "dynastic rule" in the Trinamool Congress and the political violence in the state were the reasons cited by Khan to switch parties.[11]

In February 2019 it was alleged that Khan had extorted money from job aspirants on false promises.[12] The Kolkata High Court announced that he could not be arrested though it prevented him from entering Bankura.[12] In the following month, Khan was interrogated by the Bankura police.[13] On 12 April, the Supreme Court of India refused to overturn the ban on him although he was allowed to enter the district for filing his nomination papers.[14] In the absence of Khan, his wife Sujata Khan started campaigning for him for the upcoming general election.[15] Khan managed to win from the same constituency with a margin of 78,047 votes even without holding any roadshow or addressing any political rally.[16][17][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Members Bioprofile". loksabhaph.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  2. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/india/trinamool-congress-mp-saumitra-khan-joins-bjp-5530298/
  3. ^ "Is Every Khan A Muslim? BJP MP Saumitra Khan Has Won from Scheduled Caste Reserved Constituency". IndiaTomorrow.net. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Saumitra Khan". India. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/india/sujata-khan-bjp-mp-saumitra-khans-wife-joins-tmc-7113434/
  6. ^ a b "Another Congress lawmaker crosses over to Trinamool". Avenue Mail. 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  7. ^ "'Curious' MLA does U-turn, eyes Trinamul". The Telegraph. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  8. ^ "32 newly elected under-35 MPs & what they intend to do for their constituencies". The Economic Times. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  9. ^ "TMC MP Saumitra Khan joins BJP, party expels him". India Today. 9 January 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  10. ^ "TMC says party MP Saumitra Khan who joined BJP already 'expelled'". The Times of India. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  11. ^ "TMC MP Soumitra Khan joins BJP, calls TMC a 'party of aunty and her nephew'". The Economic Times. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Soumitra Khan Cannot Be Arrested: High Court". Kolkata 24x7. 18 February 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Bishnupur MP grilled for extorting money". The Asian Age. 5 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  14. ^ "SC refuses to vacate Calcutta HC order over Saumitra Khan's 'no-entry' into Bankura". ANI News. 12 April 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Wife rallies forces after bar". The Telegraph. 1 April 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  16. ^ "After saffron surge in WB, Saumitra Khan exurbes confidence of sweeping assembly polls". ANI News. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Bengal's Saumitra Khan Couldn't Rally for Himself; Armed With Modi's Pep Talk, His Wife Does the Job". News18. 27 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Bengal BJP leader Saumitra Khan wins Bishnupur Lok Sabha seat despite campaign ban". The New Indian Express. 25 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.