Gyan Singh Sohanpal, former West Bengal Minister and freedom fighter, passed away on 8 August 2017 following old-age problems. He was 92.
He was among the few people who shared the stage with Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. His career spans the Bengal famine in the 1960s, the Naxalite movement, the Emergency and the rise and fall of the Left government.
About Gyan Singh Sohanpal
• Fondly called 'Chacha' by all, Sohanpal began his political life by joining the Congress during the 1942 Quit India movement.
• He made his entry into the West Bengal state assembly in 1969 from the Kharagpur constituency in the then Midnapore district.
• He was elected to the West Bengal assembly for 10 times and was defeated in 2016 assembly election in the state.
• Between 1972 and 1977, he served as Transport Minister during the Chief Ministerial stint of Siddhartha Shankar Ray.
• He was sworn in as the Speaker of Legislative Assembly by Governor M K Narayanan in May 2011.
• Besides politics, he also worked for newspapers and other publications, covering news from Kharagpur.
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