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Asim Dasgupta

Dr. Asim Dasgupta, also known as Dr. Asim Kumar Dasgupta, was the Minister for Finance and Excise in the Left Front ministry in the Indian state of West Bengal.[1] He was the MLA of Khardaha constituency for twenty-four years [2] until 13 May 2011, when he was defeated by FICCI secretary general Amit Mitra by a landslide 26,154 votes[3] in the 2011 Assembly Election of West Bengal. He was one of the 26 ministers who lost in this historic defeat of Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front government.

Education and early life

He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the University of Calcutta. Thereafter he secured a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He started his career as a college lecturer and retired as a professor of economics at the University of Calcutta, before moving on to a career in politics.[4]

Political career

He was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Khardah in 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006.[5] In 2011 he lost to Amit Mitra at Khardah.[6]


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