Lok Sabha 2024: Know your MP — Abu Taher Khan, Murshidabad

An average performer in Parliament, with three criminal cases... know more about Abu Taher Khan, set to contest from Murshidabad constituency.

As election fever peaks in India, public attention is typically focussed on top leaders and the race for power in high profile urban constituencies. At Citizen Matters, our election coverage has been designed to cut through unnecessary noise and empower readers with whatever they need to make informed electoral decisions. To that end, we encourage reportage on real issues within constituencies and the roles and performance of elected representatives and candidates.

Earlier this year, Oorvani Foundation had collaborated with Youth ki Awaaz to host a Civic Journalism Training Programme, where young aspiring citizen journalists attended discussions and workshops on governance, democracy, the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives (among other topics). In the process, they also learnt how to profile and assess the performance of the latter. This article has been written by one of the participants of the programme from Murshidabad, a city in central West Bengal.

The one-time Lok Sabha MP representing Murshidabad constituency, Abu Taher Khan from the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) has quite a long history in politics. He was the MLA of the Nowda assembly constituency for three terms, from the Indian National Congress (INC) in  2006, 2011 and 2016. He was elected as MP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Murshidabad as the AITC candidate.

In 2019, Abu Taher got 41.57 per cent of the 6,04,346 votes cast in Murshidabad constituency. He defeated his nearest rival, Abu Hena of the INC, by 2,26,417 votes. 

Abu Taher Khan: Personal information

NameAbu Taher Khan
Age60 years
Political PartyAll India Trinamool Congress
Educational QualificationMadhyamik Pass
ProfessionAgriculture, Politics
Enrolled as Voter in10, Berhampore (West Bengal) constituency, at Serial no 265 in Part no 178
Emailabu.taher@sansad.nic.in
Contact Number9732514853/011- 23310499
AddressB-604, Gomti Apartments, M.S. Flats, B.K.S. Marg, New Delhi-110001
Village: Nowda, Post: Nowda, Murshidabad, West Bengal, Pin- 742121
Source: MyNeta.info

Online presence:

Criminal cases

According to Abu Taher Khan’s affidavit, he has three criminal cases pending against him. Among these, one is an attempt to murder charge, while another one pertains to voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.


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Assets and Liabilities

DetailsHoldings in 2019Holdings in 2024
Movable assets
2.03 lakh
13.02 lakh
Immovable
assets
73 lakh3.30 cr
Total Assets
(Movable + Immovable)
75.03 lakh3.43 cr
Liabilities9.18 lakhNil
*Gross total value as per affidavit. Source: ECI candidate affidavit and MyNeta.info

Positions held

  • 2001 – 2019: Member, West Bengal Legislative Assembly (Four terms)

In the 17th Lok Sabha (2019):

  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
  • Member, Standing Committee on Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Food Processing (September 2019 onwards)

Source: Lok Sabha

Performance in Parliament

During his tenure as MP, Abu Taher Khan’s record seems to have been just about average. He has an attendance of 65% in Parliament.

The Budget Session of 2024 saw a quarter of attendance, indicating subdued participation compared to previous years. However, the Winter Session of 2023 boasted full attendance, showcasing robust engagement and debate. A Special Session held earlier in 2023 witnessed a moderate turnout of 50%, while the Monsoon Session of the same year recorded minimal engagement at 0%.

MPAttendanceNo. of debates participatedNo. of questions askedPrivate Member’s Bill
Abu Taher Khan 65 %64Nil
National average79 %45.12041.5
State (TN) average66 %33.31360.6
Source: PRSIndia

Abu Taher participated in 6 debates, which is much lower than the national and state average.

Some of the debates he participated in include:

  • Request to government to release the BADP fund at the earliest.
  • Request to release the fund to repair the 120 km long road, which passes through Jalangi, Raninagar, Bhagabangola, Karimpur, bordering areas of Nadia
  • The Union Budget 2020–2021 – Demand for Grant No. 83
  • Discussion on crop loss due to various reasons and its impact on farmers
  • Request to focus on the bordering areas of Murshidabad district of West Bengal and instruct the BSF personnel to pull up their socks.
  • Discussion on the Demand for Grant No. 82 under the control of the Ministry of Railways.

The MP candidate asked only four questions in Parliament, which is quite low compared to the national and state average. These questions include:

  • Declaration of Monuments as Monuments of National Importance
  • Repairing of Roads
  • Funds to West Bengal under PRASHAD Scheme
  • Anti-Erosion Measures.

Source: PRSIndia


Read more: Special Project: Lok Sabha Elections 2024


Abu Taher Khan in the news

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Abu Taher Khan campaigning in Murshidabad. Pic: Kibria Ansary

Abu Taher Khan’s political career began when he stood as an INC candidate for the Nowda (Vidhan Sabha constituency) during the 2001 West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections. Khan kept this seat for 18 years, as he was able to win the elections of 2006, 2011 and 2016.

In 2019, Khan gave up his seat at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Murshidabad as an AITC candidate and emerged the winner.

In November 2022, Abu Taher Khan was in the news when the car in which the incumbent MP was travelling hit and fatally injured a six-year-old boy in Murshidabad.

MPLADS spending of Murshidabad

As per data from the office of the District Magistrate of Murshidabad, Taher has used Rs 4.29 crore out of Rs 7 crore available to him under MPLADS. In five years, he used this amount for 189 projects related to water, toilets, street lighting, road infrastructure, education, Anganwadi, hospitals, parks, playgrounds, security, sports, and civic and community development.

Amount recommended by MPRs 7 crore
Expenditure incurredRs 4.29 crore
Unspent balanceRs 2.71 crore
Utilisation percentage of amount released59.10 %
Source: MPLADS

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