Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury
Since 1980, he has worked for the welfare of the people of Malda. He began his political career under the able guidance of his elder brother late A B A Ghani Khan Choudhury, a senior Congress leader and looked after the various aspects of Malda's development. In 1996, he was asked by the Congress Party to contest the Legislative Assembly election from Kaliachak state assembly constituency in Malda, West Bengal.
Member, West Bengal Legislative Assembly, 1996-2006:
He was member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly for two consecutive terms, between 1996 to 2006. He was first elected in 1996 to the state assembly from Kaliachak constituency, Malda. He was re elected in 2001 to the state assembly from the same constituency.
During his second term as Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, he was appointed the Deputy Leader of Opposition, from 2001 to 2006.
As a member of the Legislative Assembly his significant achievements included working for the flood and erosion control in Malda. He also was instrumental in establishing the South Malda College, in Malda for the upliftment of students coming from the underprivileged sections of the society in general and the minority community in pariticular.
As a member of West Bengal State Legislative Assembly he was a member of the Subject Committee of Environment and Co-operation.
Member, 14th Lok Sabha & 15th Lok Sabha:
He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha on 19 Sept. 2006, in a bye-election caused by the death of his elder brother Late A B A Ghani Khan Choudhury, from Malda parliamentary constituency. He won by a margin of 83,391 votes defeating his rival, a CPM candidate and a sitting Cabinet Minister of West Bengal.
He has also been the District President of Malda District Congress Committee since August, 2008.
He has been re elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Malda South Parliamentary Constituency defeating his rival CPM candidate, by a margin of 1,36,280 votes.
He has continued to work for the control of erosion and flooding in Malda and other development projects for the constituency.
As Member of Parliament, Madam Sonia Gandhi assigned him the responsibility of investigating problems between Bangladeshi immigrants and native Assamese people in Assam, along with the then Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad and
He has also been a member of the following Committees:
Member: All India Congress Committee (AICC)
Member: Consultative Committee of Ministry of Urban Development
Member: Standing Committee, Ministry of Human Resource and Development
Member, Dargah Commmittee, Dargah Khwaja Saheb, Ajmer
Member, Jamia Millia Islamia University Court
Executive Member: Pradesh Congress Committee, West Bengal
Recent Development Initiatives for Malda:
As a Member of Parliament he has taken active interest in the development of Malda. Following are the results of his initiative and the blessings of Madam Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress and the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. The Government of India sanctioned a sum of Rs. 340 crores for Erosion and flood Control of Ganges in Malda. A Centrally funded Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology is coming up in Malda for which the central government has already sanctioned a sum of Rs.97 crores
Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana the central government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 326 crores for Malda. For Minority Development as per the recommendations of Sachar Committee report the central government sanctioned a sum of Rs.68 crores. All the money received under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) has been gainfully spent on several development projects in the constituency.
Debates participated in as Member, Lok Sabha:
He gave a speech in a special mention debate titled: Water Erosion caused by river Ganga in Malda constituency of West Bengal on 19.12.2006.and he was also a participant in debate on 21.11.2007 titled: Discussion regarding proposal to set up Special Economic Zone in Nandigram, West Bengal and consequent large scale violence.
Full time student of the Northampton College of Technology (England) in its footwear manufacturing division. Subsequently he obtained an Advanced Certificate from City and Guilds of London Institute in footwear technology.
In Canada he obtained a certificate in Industrial Engineering from a Technical College. He then also obtained a degree in Industrial psychology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Work Experience and Background:
After completing his studies and training in England, he joined a reputed shoe manufacturing company in Switzerland (an associate of Bally Shoe).
In 1967 he immigrated to Canada and worked for the largest shoe manufacturing company of Toronto: Star Shoe.
In 1978 he left his job and set up his own shoe manufacturing company in Toronto, Canada called Arrow Footwear.
In 1980 he returned to India and set up a corrugated paper cardboard box and paper printing company instead. Accordingly he set up manufacturing Companies: Anusandhan Packaging Pvt. Ltd and Gour Packaging Industries (P) Ltd.
In 2001, he also founded a biscuit company called Swiss Bakedwell Biscuits Pvt. Ltd which supplied various biscuit varieties to distributors throughout West Bengal. He continued with this company until 2007.
Also served as Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce (A Govt. of India undertaking) from November 1997 to November 1999.