Former West Bengal assembly speaker Hashim Abdul Halim passed away in Kolkata on Novemeber 2, 2015. He was suffering from old-age-related illness. He was 80. He was the longest-serving Speaker of any Legislative Assembly in India. Halim presided over the West Bengal assembly for 29 consecutive years from 1982 to 2011. He was replaced by Biman Banerjee as the Speaker of the West Bengal State Vidhan Sabha. Before occupying position of the speaker of West Bengal assembly, he served the state as the Minister for Judicial Affairs from 1977 to 1982. Hashim Abdul Halim has also served as the Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and President of the World Federation of United Nations Association.
Hashim Abdul Halim was elected to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal for the first time in 1977 from the Amdanga constituency as Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). He represented Amdanga constituency for six terms from 1977 to 2006 on the ticket of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). He shifted his constituency to the Entally constituency. He was the MLA from Entally until 2011, represented Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) .
Hashim Abdul Halim was born to Abdul Halim, an Alderman at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. His uncle, M. Ishaque was a member of the Congress Party and a freedom fighter. Halim took master’s degree in commerce, a bachelor’s degree in law and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Soka University, Tokyo. Halim was married and has four children.