Former Union Minister Akhilesh Das Gupta passes away

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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 four-year term.

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 2015.