February 5, 2017 - 4:40pm
Senior politician Suranjit Sengupta was born in Derai Upazila of Sunamganj district on May 5, 1945.
He began his political career with left-wing parties and was later elected as the youngest parliamentarian representing the National Awami Party (NAP) from Sylhet in the Provincial Assembly in 1970’s National Election of Pakistan.
Prior to his affiliation with the Awami League, Suranjit, a freedom fighter, had led the Ekota Party.
Suranjit played a major role in the formation of a secular constitution as he was a key member of the 1972 constitution draft committee.
Later in the early 1990s, he joined the Awami League and gradually became an advisory council member.
In 1996, he served then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as political and parliamentary affairs adviser.
He was a member of the parliament seven times – 1979 (Ekota Party), 1986, 1991 (Ganatantri Party), 1996, 2001, 2009 and in 2014 (Awami League).
He had also served as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
Suranjit was considered an influential leader of the Hindu community in Bangladesh.
He was made Railway Minister in late 2011, but had to resign from the post within five months after Border Guard Bangladesh personnel seized Tk70 lakh, from a car of his then Assistant Personal Secretary (APS) Omar Faruk, allegedly being collected as bribe in exchange for giving government jobs to the bribers.