Sashi Panja: HM’s own girl

Shashi Panja, 48 is the daughter of late PV Krishnaih who lived his whole life in Hind Motor colony, is the new MLA from Shyampukur.

Mr. Krishnaih, then Chief Industrial Engineer was from the first batch of IIT, Kharagpur. I was five batches after him and joined HM. I was in production. I vividly remember the last day of Krishnaih when he passed away. Mr. Bhatter asked me in hospital Belle View to go to Dinen Bhattacharya, the secretary of CITU union in Serampore to inform him about Krishnaih’s death and to request for the postponement of the meeting of negotiation that was scheduled next day.

Shashi is a doctor by profession, an MBBS from RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, specialization in ultrasound and infertility practice.

Shashi is the daughter-in-law of Late Ajit Panja, a well-known political personality from West Bengal who was also cabinet minister at centre. It will be her first stint as MLA, though she was elected councillor in 2010 and appointed mayoral council member in charge of education. As reported, she is interested in slum development and that is her priority.

Shashi is well supported by her husband Prasun and loving daughters Puja and Namrata. As reported, her hobbies are playing badminton and solving crosswords and Sudoku. Sashi is one of the most qualified women MLAs.

As I remember even in HM complex, she was a great organizer of various functions. I wish she gets opportunity to serve the state improving its education and health care, particularly in rural Bengal.

I wish Mamata uses her best and accommodates her in cabinet with a portfolio suitable to his qualification and capability.

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