Sun, 16 Apr 2017
Former Union Minister Akhilesh Das Gupta passes away
Former Union Minister, Congress leader and President of
Badminton Association of India (BAI) Shri Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away in Lucknow,
after suffering a heart attack, on 12th April, 2017. He was 56.
Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed her
condolences on the sudden demise of Congress leader and Former Union Minister
Shri Akhilesh Das Gupta. Shri Das Gupta’s contribution to education and public
life is noteworthy, she added. Smt. Gandhi has conveyed her solidarity in this
hour of grief to family and supporters of Shri Das Gupta. In a letter to Smt.
Alka Das Congress President said “I was pained to hear about the sudden death
by your husband Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta due to heart attack. I know words are
not enough to console you in this hour of grief, particularly you and your family.
Still, there are some incidents in life which is out of our control and we have
to bear it. He was a decent and a simple man. In his political and personal
life, whatever responsibility that was given to him, whether it was in the
organization or in the government, he made his efforts to discharge them with dedication
and determination. He had great interest in sports, education and technical
education and he made his place in these section.
In this hour of grief, I express my heartfelt condolence to
you and every member of your family.”
In another message Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi
said “ Very sad to learn of the sudden demise of Akhilesh Das Guptaji, a valued
colleague & former Union Minister. My condolences to his family”
He had become BAI president after the arrest of former chief
V.K. Verma over corruption charges in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and was
unanimously re-elected for another four-year term in 2014. Last year, he was
also elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a
Under his tenure, India bagged the rights to host marquee
BWF events like the 2014 Thomas/Uber Cup and the Super Series, while the Syed
Modi International was upgraded to a Grand Prix gold status.
He was also instrumental in launching and organizing the Badminton
League in August 2013, which was later rechristened Premier Badminton League in