Published On: Thu, May 30th, 2019

Debasree Chaudhuri: A BJP street fighter in Bengal, now a Union minister

Kolkata: A prominent face in the various agitations spearheaded by the BJP against West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee government, Debasree Chaudhuri has been a long time activist of the saffron outfit, is now a member of Modi’s council of ministers.

Chaudhuri has been a long time activist of the saffron outfit, is now a member of Modi’s council of ministers

Having worked in the party’s youth and women’s wings Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and Mahila Morcha, she is now one of the General Secretaries in the party’s state unit.

Realizing her potential, the BJP five years back fielded Chaudhuri as its candidate from the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency where she finished third getting around 17 per cent of the votes.

In 2019, the BJP again told her to contest the Lok Sabha battle from north Bengal’s Raiganj, a seat the party hoped to win.

This time Chaudhuri finally tasted victory, humbling among others seasoned politicians like Deepa Dasmunsi of the Congress and CPI-M’s Mohammad Salim.

The 48-year-old spinster, hailing from Khadimpur in Balurghat of South Dinajpur district, is an M.A. in Bengali from Burdwan University.

Chaudhuri mentions her occupation as social service and her election affidavit says that her sources of income are tuition and consultancy.

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