Kolkata: Former West Bengal Assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim today passed away due to cardiac problems at a city nursing home, his family members said.
He was suffering from cardiac problems since the last few years. Today he complained of chest pain. He was immediately shifted to a city nursing home. He was 80.
Halim started his career as a practicing lawyer. A member of the communist party, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal for the first time in 1977. Thereafter, he served in the assembly for six terms, from 1977 to 2011. He was the Minister for Judicial Affairs in the Government of West Bengal from 1977 to 1982 and subsequently served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2011.
He was the MLA for Amdanga constituency from 1977 to 2006, when he shifted his constituency to the Entally constituency. He was the MLA from Entally until 2011. After the 2011 Halim was replaced by Biman as the Speaker of the West Bengal Vidhan Sabha.