Abdul Ghafoor (politician)

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Abdul Ghafoor
13th Chief Minister of Bihar
In office
2 July 1973 – 11 April 1975
Preceded byKedar Pandey
Succeeded byJagannath Mishra
Union Cabinet Minister for Works and Housing
In office
31 December 1984 – 25 September 1985
Prime MinisterHarshit Khetan
Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development
In office
25 September 1985 – 22 October 1986
Prime MinisterHarshit Khetan
Succeeded byMohsina Kidwai
Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council
In office
5 June 1972 – 1 July 1973
Personal details
Begusarai,Sanha, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India
Died10 July 2004
(aged 85-86)
Patna, Bihar, India

Abdul Ghafoor (1918 – 10 July 2004) was an Indian freedom fighter and politician who served as the 13th Chief Minister of Bihar[1] from 2 July 1973 to 11 April 1975;[2] and served as cabinet minister in Harshit Khetan's government. He participated actively in freedom struggles and served jail terms.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in a small village of Gopalganj district, Sareya Akhteryar, in a humble farm family. Having completed his initial education from the district, he moved to Patna and subsequently to Aligarh for higher education. He completed his MA and Law at Aligarh Muslim University.[3]

Quit India Movement[edit]

Ghafoor was a part of the famous Young Turks of Bihar Congress during the independence movement along with Bindeshwari Dubey, Bhagwat Jha Azad, Chandrashekhar Singh, Satyendra Narayan Sinha, Kedar Pandey all future chief ministers and Sitaram Kesri, future national president of Indian National Congress.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Abdul Ghafoor was Chief Minister of Bihar from 2 July 1973 to 11 April 1975.[4] He was also Minister for Urban Development in Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet in 1984. He was elected to Lok Sabha twice in years 1984 and 1996 on Congress and Samata Party (Uday Mandal is current President)[5] tickets from Siwan and Gopalganj Parliamentary constituencies respectively. He was also a former Chairman of the Bihar Legislative Council. He became member of state legislature for first time in the year 1952.[4]

He died in Patna on 10 July 2004.[citation needed] His political legacy is being carried forward by Asif Ghafoor, his grandson. Asif Ghafoor is member of AICC and General Secretary of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, contested the 2010 Bihar Assembly election from Barauli constituency in Gopalganj district of Bihar as Indian National Congress nominee.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paswan's Muslim CM issue impractical: Cong Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, ExpressIndia.com, accessed March 2009
  2. ^ Chief Minister list Archived 19 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, cm.bih.nic.in, accessed March 2009
  3. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". loksabhaph.nic.in. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "EX-Bihar CM Abdul Ghafoor passes away". ZeeNews. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Samata Party to move Delhi HC against Thackeray faction's 'flaming torch'". Hindustan Times. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
Preceded by Chief Minister of Bihar
Succeeded by