Chief RSP leader Abani Roy dies aged 84


Veteran RSP leader and former Rajya MP Sabha Abani Roy has died in a Delhi hospital after being ill in recent years.

The three-time 84-year-old MP took his last breath at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here at around 11 a.m.

Associated with the RSP since 1959 at the age of 20, Roy has long been the national face of the RSP and was its member of the Central Secretariat in addition to being the Secretary General for a brief period.

After his retirement from Parliament and active politics following a deterioration in his health, he was staying at the residence of party deputy NK Premachandran in the capital. Single, Roy has been a friendly face with cross-party friendships.

His first foray into electoral politics was in 1978 when he was elected to Kolkata Corporation. He first entered Rajya Sabha in 1998 and retired in August 2011. Manmohan Singh government from outside.

“I have a lot of fond memories of him dating back to writing the UPA-1 Common Minimum Program in May 2004. A terrific sense of humor,” tweeted Rajya Sabha Chief Congress Whip Jairam Ramesh , recalling his association with Roy.

“I am deeply saddened to hear the shocking news of Abani Roy’s death. I have had a very close association with him since the 1980s. He represented the RSP at the left party meetings held in Delhi, “said CPI (M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury.

Roy was one of the first left-wing leaders to advocate the need for the left to join Congress in fighting “fascist forces” like the BJP. The RSP entered into an alliance with the Kerala Congress while remaining a member of the Left Front in West Bengal.

While the RSP was an integral part of his life, Roy sent in his resignation from the party in July 2009, the 50th year in the party, after a section of the leadership objected to his writing to the Prime Minister of the At the time, Manmohan Singh, demanding that the government not authorize the agreement between Bharti Telecom and the South African telecommunications company MTN, alleging that it was a threat to the security of India. His remarks on Reliance were also not taken kindly by the party at the time.

Roy had stated in his resignation letter, “instead of announcing in the national daily … party comrades should have seen the letter from me first and could have taken follow-up action, if necessary, including disciplinary action against me “. However, later the party did not accept his resignation and the problem calmed down.

A voracious reader, Roy was also known among leaders for his culinary expertise and his residency at 17 Ferozeshah Road was an open house for leaders, party workers and journalists.

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