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Veteran communist Bardhan hospitalized


Veteran communist leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan (AB Bardhan) was hospitalized in New Deli this morning after he suffered a paralytic stroke.

Bardhan (92), who made Ajay Bhavan,CPI Headquarters,his home , felt uneasy around 8 AM and then fell consciousness. He was immediately rushed to the GB Pant Hospital in central Delhi, according to  Atul Kumar Anjaan, one of the party’s secretaries.  Atul said Bardhan’s condition was “critical” and added that  the former General Secretary of the CPI was admitted in the emergency wing and being taken care of by senior doctors.

Bardhan’s wife, a professor in Nagpur University, passed away in 1986. The couple has a son and a daughter. Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan has been a leading figure of the trade union movement and Left politics in Maharashtra and had won as an independent candidate in the Maharashtra Assembly in 1957.

He later rose to become the General Secretary and then the President of the All India Trade Union Congress, the oldest trade union in India. Bardhan moved to Delhi politics in the 1990s and became the deputy general secretary of the CPI. He succeeded Indrajit Gupta as the General Secretary of the party in 1996. Burdhan played key role  in the bringing all non-bjp parties together to form the national front (NF) and united front (UF) governments at the centre.

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