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Biography: Bansgopal

Mr. Bansgopalwas born in March 1893 at Fatehpore in Uttar Pradesh. After passing his B.A in 1914 he took up Law and passed his L.L.B in 1916.

Having little liking for the Law, he took teaching as a profession and was connected with various educational institutions till 1919, finally reverting to the bar in 1920.

He had a liking for serving the country from his childhood. While he was a teacher in Modern High School, he wrote a pamphlet in poetry when Mrs. Annie Besant was interned and had to resign his post on that account. He joined the Home Rule League in 1916. He translated the life and writings of Lokamanya Balgangadhar Tilak in 1917 but the book was seized by the Dist. Magistrate of Allahabad and confiscated, in 1920 he joined the Congress

He suspended his practice in response to the call of the congress. He has been the Secretary of the District Congress Committee, Fathepore since 1921, and he has been a member of the P.C.C throughout. He was elected a member of the All India Congress Committee twice in 1935 and 1937. At present he is a member of the A.I.C.C.

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Congressman Bansgopal
Congressman Bansgopal

He served imprisonment in all the three Congress movements in 1921, 1930 and 1932. He was sent to jail six times. In 1936 he wrote a Hindi pamphlet in poetry known as “Jailon Ki Pole” which was proscribed by the U.P and Bihar Government with a few days of its publication.

From 1931 to 1936 he met all the expenses of District Congress Committee Fathepore and paid about 5000 for the Congress in these five years.

He sought election to the Assembly in 9147 as a Congress candidate from Fathepore District West Constituency and defeated his rival by 12260 votes.

While recommending him for the Assembly Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya wrote --"Shri Bansgopal has been serving the country for a long time. He non cooperated from M.A Final during the non-cooperation movement and suspended his practice for three years and has all along been working for the Congress. He was imprisoned six times. He contributed thousands of Rupees to various public institutions in 15 years. He has always been fighting for the cause of the Kisans all along"

He is at present a member of the A.I.C.C and Secretary of the District Congress Committee.

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938


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