Ashok Bhattacharya is a veteran Marxist- leader and currently has been elected as the mayor of Siliguri Municipal Corporation.Ashok Bhattacharya was the Minister for Municipal Affairs and Urban Development and Town Planning in the Left Front Ministry in West Bengal. He was chairman of Siliguri municipality from 1987 to 1991. He was elected to the state assembly from Siliguri (Vidhan Sabha constituency) as a CPI(M) candidate in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2016. He faced his biggest defeat in the 2011 assembly election when he lost to Rudranath Bhattacharya of Trinamool Congress.
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