Who is Suvendu Adhikari?

Suvendu Adhikari

Who is Suvendu Adhikari?
Who is Suvendu Adhikari?
Son of a former Union minister under Manmohan Singh-government, Suvendu Adhikari is an Indian politician from West Bengal. He was a member of the Indian National Congress from 1995 to 1998, and the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) until December 2020. He then switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Adhikari was first elected in 1995 as a councillor from Congress in the Contai. Later, Adhikari was elected to Legislative Assembly from West Bengal's Kanthi Dakshin constituency and became the chairman of Kanthi Municipal Corporation. Adhikari championed the anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram and led the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee in 2007. After its success, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee made Adhikari the party-in-charge of Paschim Medinipur, Purulia, and Bankura districts.
The 50-year-old was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Tamluk constituency in 2009 after defeating rival Lakshman Seth of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M). In the 2016 Assembly elections, Adhikari got elected from Nandigram and therefore, resigned from Tamluk. He became the Minister of Transport, a post from which he resigned in November 2020. On December 17, 2020, he resigned from the primary membership of the TMC.
 
Ending his two-decade association, Adhikari thanked Chief Minister Banerjee for the opportunities given to him and said he would always value the time he spent as a TMC member.
 
In 2014, Adhikari got into a controversy when he was being interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation for his alleged role in the Saradha Group scandal. He was also accused of supplying arms to the Maoists to overthrow the CPI(M) government during the Nandigram movement.
 
Ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, Adhikari declared a net worth of over Rs 80 lakh according to the Election Commission. In an affidavit, the BJP leader has declared that he has criminal cases pending against him as well.
 
Adhikari's father Sisir Adhikari and brother Dibyendu are sitting MPs from Tamluk and Kanthi Lok Sabha constituencies. The family wields considerable influence over at least 40-45 assembly segments in Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, Purulia, Jhargram, parts of Birbhum -- mainly in the Junglemahal region -- and some areas in minority-dominated Murshidabad district.
 

West Bengal election 2021

Suvendu Adhikari, who rebelled against his former party TMC to join BJP, is contesting West Bengal Assembly elections 2021 from Nandigram constituency against Mamata Banerjee.

Latest Updates on Suvendu Adhikari

HC refuses urgent hearing on plea challenging Suvendu's Sandeshkhali visit

1 min read Last Updated :Feb 29 2024 | 1:24 PM IST
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Request Suvendu to share Shajahan's whereabouts with ED, CBI: Kunal Ghosh

3 min read Last Updated :Feb 29 2024 | 7:13 AM IST
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More than 1.6 mn cases of duplication of voters in Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari

3 min read Last Updated :Feb 29 2024 | 7:03 AM IST
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Suvendu claims Shajahan Sheikh in 'safe custody' of police, TMC denies

2 min read Last Updated :Feb 28 2024 | 1:28 PM IST
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'Mamata is still defending it': BJP ups attack on TMC over Sandeshkhali

2 min read Last Updated :Feb 21 2024 | 1:05 PM IST
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WB Police initiates action against Suvendu for alleged 'Khalistani' slur

4 min read Last Updated :Feb 21 2024 | 10:20 AM IST
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Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari stopped from visiting restive Sandeshkhali

2 min read Last Updated :Feb 20 2024 | 12:30 PM IST
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Suvendu Adhikari to visit Sandeshkhali after court permission. Top updates

5 min read Last Updated :Feb 20 2024 | 11:20 AM IST
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Sandeshkhali incident: 17 arrested, won't allow injustice, says CM Mamata

2 min read Last Updated :Feb 15 2024 | 5:09 PM IST
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Suvendu Adhikari seeks probe into Abhishek Banerjee's pension scheme

5 min read Last Updated :Jan 09 2024 | 8:14 AM IST
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Bengal LoP Suvendu Adhikari suspended for winter session of assembly

2 min read Last Updated :Nov 28 2023 | 5:49 PM IST
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Suvendu Adhikari alleges scam in purchase of PPE kits; demand probe

2 min read Last Updated :Nov 26 2023 | 8:20 AM IST
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Suvendu calls for strict action against 'fake job card holders' in Bengal

2 min read Last Updated :Oct 03 2023 | 12:32 PM IST
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Suvendu Adhikari welcomes Women's Reservation Bill, calls it a great move

2 min read Last Updated :Sep 19 2023 | 10:11 AM IST
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'Waiting for it...' Suvendu Adhikari on Mamata's claims to arrest Abhishek

2 min read Last Updated :Aug 29 2023 | 12:51 PM IST
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BJP demands NIA probe into blast at Bengal's illegal firecracker unit

2 min read Last Updated :Aug 28 2023 | 2:25 PM IST
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SC sets aside Calcutta HC order on registration of FIR against Suvendu

2 min read Last Updated :Aug 04 2023 | 1:49 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee's tweet on Manipur situation politically mala fide: Suvendu

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 31 2023 | 7:58 AM IST
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SC rejects West Bengal's challenge against NIA probe in Ram Navami violence

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 24 2023 | 6:28 PM IST
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Voting rigged in booths, to move HC with evidence: Suvendu Adhikari

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 10 2023 | 3:50 PM IST
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