Siddhartha Shankar Ray was a Lawyer, Diplomat and Indian National Congress politician from West Bengal. In his political career he held a number of offices, including Union Minister of Education (1971-72), Chief Minister of West Bengal (1972-77), Governor of Punjab (1986-89) and Indian Ambassador to the United States (1992-96).He was at one point , the main troubleshooter for the Congress Party. In 1954 he became one of the three junior Central Government counsels in Calcutta. In 1957 he was elected to the Bhowanipore Assembly seat which he won by a large majority, becoming the youngest member of the West Bengal Cabinet under the leadership of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was appointed as Minister of Tribal Welfare and Law Department, West Bengal. Ray died of renal failure on 6 November 2010 at the age of 90.
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