Politician who was the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 2000 to 2011, when he became the second West Bengal Chief Minister to lose an election from his own constituency. He was a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India.
He was a supporter of Vietnam during the Vietnam war.
His administration came under heavy criticism for police violence against protesters in East Midnapore.
His father's cousin was revolutionary poet, Sukanta Bhattacharya who wrote Certificate and Sleepless.
He succeeded Jyoti Basu as the Chief Minster of West Bengal in 2000.