Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan passed away

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Who: Veteran CPI leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan
What: Died
When: 2 January 2016

Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passed away on 2 January 2016 after a long illness. He was 92.

He was the former general secretary of the CPI, which is one of the oldest political parties in India.

About AB Bardhan

AB Bardhan was born on 25 September 1924 in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh).

He embraced Communism at the age of 15 after he moved to Nagpur.

He joined the All India Students Federation at the Nagpur University in 1940.

He took part in the freedom movement as a member of the All India Students Federation.

In 1940, he joined the CPI, which was then banned.

He won an election just once, to the Maharashtra Assembly, in 1957 as an Independent.

After losing several elections, he moved to Delhi in the 1990s and got involved in national politics.

When the United Front (UF) government took over in 1996 and CPI leader Indrajit Gupta became Home Minister, he resigned as CPI general secretary and paved the way for Bardhan.

He held a postgraduate degree in economics and a degree in law.