Jyotipriyo Mallick: From Mamata loyalist to “scam-tainted” minister

Jyotipriyo Mallick, a senior TMC leader, saw his four-decade-long political journey take a severe hit as the Enforcement Directorate arrested him on Friday in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged multi-crore ration distribution scam in the state.
Sixty-five-year-old Mallick presently holds the portfolios of Forest Affairs and Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy in the Mamata Banerjee government. He was the West Bengal Food Supplies Minister from 2011 to 2021, a period during which the alleged irregularities in ration distribution reportedly took place.
Mallick stepped into politics as a leader of the Congress students’ wing Chatra Parishad – in the early eighties during his college years, inspired by then-firebrand mass leaders Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi and Mamata Banerjee.
Born into a middle-class family in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district in 1958, he delved into politics while pursuing a career in law.
Recognizing his organizational skills, a local

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