Ex-West Bengal Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim passes away
Former West Bengal Assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim has passed away due to cardiac problems at the age of 80. Halim, who had created a record of serving as the Assembly speaker for 29 long years from 1982 to 2011 during the Left Front rule, was suffering from cardiac problems since the last few years.A member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), he was elected as an MLA for the first time in 1977, when the CPI (M)-led Left Front came to power. He was elected to the state assembly for seven consecutive terms till 2011.
He was Judicial Affairs minister from 1977 to 1982 and subsequently served as the Assembly Speaker from 1982 to 2011.
Did You Know???
- The State of West Bengal was created on 15th August 1947 after the partition of Province of Bengal into West Bengal and East Pakistan which is now known as Bangladesh.
- Bengali is its Principal Language. Its Official Languages are Bengali, Nepali and English.
- Bengal’s most favourite and popular festival is Durga Puja which is celebrated in October.