Kalyan Banerjee is an Indian politician and a veteran member of the All India Trinamool Congress. He has served as a member of parliament for three consecutive terms; 2009-2014, 2014-2019, and 2019-2024.
Kalyan Banerjee was born on Friday, 4 January 1957 (age 66 years; as of 2023) in Asansol, Burdwan, West Bengal. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. In 1972, he pursued a B.Com degree at The University of Burdwan. In 1976, he pursued an LLB degree at Bankura Sammilani College, Bankura, West Bengal. In 1981, he started practising as an advocate at the Calcutta High Court.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Silver Grey
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Kalyan Banerjee’s father’s name is Bholanath Banerjee, and his mother’s name is Sibani Banerjee.
Wife & Children
Kalyan Banerjee is married to Chhabi Banerjee. The couple has two children, a son, and a daughter.
Kalyan Banerjee follows Hinduism.
My strength of fight and blessings of subarna mata and my religious guide pic.twitter.com/AzyGH9WpFo
— Kalyan Banerjee (@KBanerjee_AITC) January 15, 2021
37C, Harish Chatterjee Street, Kolkata-700026, West Bengal
In 1991, he took charge as the vice president of the West Bengal Youth Congress and served as its chairman till 1997. In 1998, he was appointed as the General Secretary of the West Bengal Trinamool Congress. In 2001, he contested the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from the Asansol constituency on a ticket of the All India Trinamool Congress party. He won the election by defeating Goutam Roychoudhury of the Communist Party of India with a margin of 2,213 votes. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the vice president of the All India Trinamool Congress party.
In 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Srerampur constituency on a ticket of the All India Trinamool Congress party. On 31 August 2009, he was appointed as the chairman of the Standing Committee on Coal and Steel. While he was an MP, he served as a member of various parliamentary committees such as the Consultative Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Committee on Privileges, and Joint Parliamentary Committee in which he examined matters relating to the allocation and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Committee on Ethics, and Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behavior of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha.
In 2014, he was re-elected to the 16th Lok Sabha and was later appointed as the Chief Whip of the All India Trinamool Congress party. During his term as an MP, he was appointed as a member of various committees including the House Committee, Committee on Estimates, Committee on Privileges, Consultative Committee under the Ministry of Law and Justice, Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015, Joint Committee on the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievance, Law & Justice. In May 2019, he was re-elected to the 17th Lok Sabha. On 26 November 2020, he preceded Suvendu Adhikari to assume office as the Chairman of HRBC (Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners).
Misuse of political power as an advocate
In January 2022, 157 lawyers of the Calcutta High Court collectively wrote a letter to Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Chief Justice of West Bengal HC Prakash Shrivastava, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in which they alleged Kalyan Banerjee of insulting women lawyers, giving undue privilege to some in exchange for undue favours, and misusing his political power. The lawyers also accused him of disregarding the state’s highest constitutional authority, the governor, by making derogatory public remarks about him, which is considered inappropriate for a senior Bar member. The Print
Police complaint for mimicry of Jagdeep Dhankhar
On 19 December 2023, Kalyan Banerjee was accused of mocking Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on the premises of the Parliament complex during the opposition’s protest against the suspension of MPs. Kalyan allegedly made fun of Dhankar for the way he walked by leaning forward, and Rahul Gandhi was seen filming the video. Later, advocate Abhishek Gautam filed a complaint at the Defence Colony Police Station in which he accused Kalyan of insulting and defaming the Vice-President of India, his caste, and his background as a farmer and demanded registration of an FIR under the appropriate sections of IPC and the IT Act against the TMC MP. Dhankar later expressed his anger in the parliament and said,
As an individual, take on me, don’t take on my background as a farmer, don’t take on my background as a community member. Institution of Chairman has been ravaged and that too by a political party that has gone so far that a Member of Parliament, a senior one, videographs the other member.”
In an interview, Kalyan while talking about the incident said,
I am a member of the Lok Sabha. I have never seen Rajya Sabha proceedings or Rajya Sabha TV. How will I be able to copy Dhankharji? I am surprised he took it personally. Does he behave like this only? This is an art and he should take it sportingly.” The Indian Express
Cash: Rs. 2,00,000
Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs. 6,03,28,654
Bonds, Debentures and Shares in companies: Rs. 2,02,65,965
Non-Agricultural Land: Rs. 6,00,000
Residential Buildings: Rs. 3,03,00,000
- Kalyan Banerjee has been an advocate for various significant cases such as the Rizwanur Rahman Case, Nandigram Matter, Chhota Angaria Case, Bhikari Paswan Case, Imposition of Sec-144 in Singur, and various land acquisition cases.
- In October 2009, he visited the U.K. and U.S.A. as a Representative of the Parliamentary Team of the United General Assembly.
- In October 2013, he participated as a sole representative of the CPA India Union at the CPA Global Seminar that held discussions on the “Role of Parliaments and Extractive Industries” in Vienna, Austria.
- In 2004, he was designated as one of the senior advocates of the Calcutta High Court.