UP Congress leader Akhilesh Das Gupta passes away after cardiac arrest

Lucknow: Former Union Minister Akhilesh Das Gupta died here on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. Gupta suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to the Lari hospital where he died in the wee hours, Congress sources said.

Akhilesh Das Gupta. Firstpost

Akhilesh Das Gupta. Firstpost

Gupta (56) was a Rajya Sabha member and was Minister for Steels in Congress government. Gupta, son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Banarsi Das Gupta, is survived by his wife, daughter and son. Akhilesh Das Gupta had also been Mayor of Lucknow.

In 2012, Gupta had become the Badminton Association of India (BAI) president after the arrest of former chief V K Verma over corruption charges in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was unanimously re-elected for a four-year term in 2014. Last year, he was also elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a four-year term.

Under his tenure, India bagged the rights to host marquee BWF events like the 2014 Thomas/Uber Cup and the Super Series, while Syed Modi international was upgraded to a Grand Prix gold status.

He was also instrumental in launching and organising the the cash-rich Indian Badminton League in August 2013, which was later rechristened to Premier Badminton League in 2015.


Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 13:50 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See