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Ajit Kumar Panja
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Calcutta North East
In office
1984-2004
Preceded bySunil Maitra
Succeeded byMohammed Salim
Union Minister of State for External Affairs
In office
13 October 1999 - 16 March 2001,1 July 2002 - 13 May 2004
Union Minister of State for Coal (Independent Charge)
In office
8 July 1993 - 28 April 1996
Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
In office
19 July 1991 - 11 March 1993
Union Minister of State for Finance
In office
3 January 1988 - 4 May 1989
Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting (Independent Charge)
In office
28 April 1986 - 2 January 1988
Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies
In office
12 March 1986 - 17 April 1986
Union Minister of State for Planning
In office
5 March 1985 - 21 March 1986
President of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
1980–1981
Preceded byA. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury
Succeeded byAnanda Gopal Mukherjee
ConstituencyBurtola
Minister for Health, Family Planning and Water Supply, Calcutta Corporation, Municipal Affairs & Forest Development
Government of West Bengal
In office
2 April 1972 - 21 June 1977
Minister for Judiciary and Parliamentary Affairs
Government of West Bengal
In office
5 April 1971 - 21 March 1972
MLA
In office
1971-1977 – 1982-1984
Preceded byNikhil Das
Succeeded bySadhan Pandey
ConstituencyBurtola
Personal details
Born(1936-09-13)13 September 1936
Kolkata, West Bengal
Died14 November 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 72)
Kolkata
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress (1998-2008)
Indian National Congress (1958-1998)
Residence(s)Burtola, Kolkata
Websitehttp://www.ajitpanja.net/
As of 30 July, 2008
Source: Calcutta Yellow Pages

Ajit Kumar Panja (13 September 1936 – 14 November 2008) was a Union minister of state in the Government of India. He was a member of Indian National Congress party but left it to join Trinamool Congress. He was born in Calcutta, and studied law at the Scottish Church College, Calcutta and at the Lincoln's Inn. His Native village was a small village in Burdwan district, named Majigram. A lawyer by profession, he authored many books. He was also a stage actor who enacted the role of Ramakrishna Paramahansa in Kolkata.

Life and career

Ajit Kumar Panja was born in Kolkata on 13 September 1936. His father was Dhanapati Panja.[citation needed]

Apart from political career he started performing on stage theatre in the role of "Sri Ramakrishma Paramhansa" in the play "Sri Sri Ramakrishna" (made according to the story of Noti Binodini written by Late. Brajendra Kishore Dey) organised by Kolkata High Court Advocate's Drama Association in India. The play was staged in London and USA (Washington, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles).

Ajit Panja died of oral cancer on 14 November 2008 at the Peerless Hospital.[1]

Positions held

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Committee, Railway Zone

Urban Affairs and Employment Chairman, West Bengal Trinamool Congress

Books published

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References

  1. ^ "Former Union Minister Ajit Panja passes away in Kolkata". Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2008.