Former Bengal minister Kanti Biswas dead

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Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Veteran CPI-M leader and former West Bengal minister Kanti Biswas died at a private hospital here on Wednesday following lung infection, party sources said.

Biswas, 84, a widower, left behind a son and a daughter.

Biswas was youth affairs minister from 1977 to 1982, and held the school education portfolio from 1982 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2006.

He was a five time state legislator – winning thrice from Gaighata and on two occasions from Sandeshkhali constituencies of North 24 Parganas district.

Born in Faridpur district (now in Bangladesh) of undivided Bengal, Biswas was a brilliant student and always stood first in school.

He passed his M.Com from Dhaka University in 1956 and was appointed professor in Quaid e Azam Memorial College.

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He participated in some programmes of the then banned Communist Party in Pakistan and crossed over to India in 1960 to escape an arrest warrant issued against his name.



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