Hashim Abdul Halim (2 June 1935 – 2 November 2015) was an Indian politician and a prominent leader from the state of West Bengal. He was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) and made significant contributions to the political landscape of the state.
Halim was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of West Bengal several times from the constituency of Ballygunge. He served as an MLA for an extended period, from 1977 to 2011, winning in every consecutive election during that time. This made him the longest-serving Speaker of any legislative assembly in India.
From 1982 to 2011, Hashim Abdul Halim held the position of Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, becoming an influential figure in the state’s political and parliamentary affairs. As Speaker, he played a crucial role in maintaining decorum, upholding democratic values, and ensuring the smooth functioning of the legislative assembly.
Hashim Abdul Halim was widely respected across party lines for his impartiality, integrity, and vast knowledge of parliamentary procedures. He presided over the assembly sessions with fairness and objectivity, earning him accolades and admiration from colleagues and political opponents alike. His tenure as Speaker witnessed significant political developments in West Bengal, including the rise of the Left Front government and the subsequent political landscape of the state.
Hashim Abdul Halim passed away on 2 November 2015, leaving behind a legacy of parliamentary excellence and a deep commitment to democratic values. He is remembered as an outstanding political leader and a staunch advocate for the rights of the people of West Bengal.