Sovan Chatterjee

Date of Birth: 7th July 1964
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Occupation: Indian Politician
Career Start: 1985
Residence: University of Calcutta
Education: Kolkata, India

Life Story

Sovan Chatterjee (born 7 July 1964) is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the former Mayor of the city of Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Chatterjee had been a Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) councillor since 1985. He resigned from the mayor post on 22 November 2018. Chatterjee won the Behala Purba seat in the 2011 West Bengal Assembly election, which he retained in 2016.

Political Career

In 2010, he was appointed as the mayor of Kolkata by his party All India Trinamool Congress, with Farzana Alam being appointed as his deputy. On getting elevated to the post, Chatterjee said that he will try to restore the old glory of the city. Chatterjee was made a cabinet minister in 2016. Former mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that there was no provision in law that prevents a mayor from holding ministerial berth. With the decline in supply of cattle, India’s first fully automated slaughterhouse (in Tangra area) was shut in May 2017. Chatterjee reacted by saying that he would examine the matter. In December 2016, Chatterjee became the first mayor of any city of India to get Z-plus security cover (the highest level of security cover in India). In that category, he would get security cover by National Security Guard commandos. In November 2014, Chatterjee was announced as the mayoral candidate of his party for the civic polls which were to be held in 2015. He was reappointed as the mayor of the city in May, as his party won the polls. In 22 November 2018 he resigned from the mayor post of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He joined BJP on 14 August 2019.