All-India Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh died

Mar 4, 2016 13:05 IST

Veteran All-India Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh died on 3 March 2016 in Kolkata. He was 93.

He created a record of sorts by remaining the head for over six decades to the Bengal unit of Forward Bloc. The Bloc was founded by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 3 May 1939.

About Ashok Ghosh

• He was born on 2 July 1923 at Chinsurah Hooghly in West Bengal.

• He joined the All-India Forward Bloc in 1941 by getting influenced by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

• He was elected as the state secretary of the Forward Bloc on 22 June 1951 and held the same for over a record sixty years.

• He, along with Jyoti Basu played an important role in the formation of the first Left Front government in 1977, which was in power till 2011 for almost 34 years. 

• He was well known for his Spartan lifestyle and affable personality and his popularity is across party lines. He was well respected even by his opponents.

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