Demise of Former Union minister and Congress Leader
Following the demise of Akhilesh Das Gupta, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief and says that his active contributions towards the society will be remembered. As a noted Educationalist and a social welfare activist, he served as the founder chancellor of Babu Banarasi Das University, Lucknow. He was also the chairman of Babu Banarasi Das Educational Institutions that provide education to over 30,000 students every year in the fields of Management, Engineering, Dental Sciences, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture and Social Sciences in Lucknow and Delhi. He contributed immensely towards the development of Lucknow city when he was the Mayor from May 1993 to November 1996.
Das, held the office of the Minister for Steel from January 2006 till May 2008 under Dr Manmohan Singh Government during UPA-I regime.He actively served as the secretary of Congress Parliamentary Party between 2003 to 2006 under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi and became the chairman of the Organizational Election Authority for the Congress in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. He successfully conducted the grass-root level organizational elections of the party in the year 2004-05.
Das, was also the president of Badminton Association of India, vice-president of Badminton Asia Confederation, a member of the Executive Council of Badminton World Federation and vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association. As a national-level badminton player, Gupta had represented Uttar Pradesh and the country in various International Badminton Tournaments. Akhilesh Das Gupta was the son of freedom fighter late Babu Banarasi Das who served as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.