Former Union Minister Akhilesh Das Gupta dies of heart attack
Former Union Minister Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack.
Akhilesh Das was the Minister of State for Steel in the UPA-I government. He also served as a mayor of Lucknow and also held many posts in the Congress for nearly two decades.
A former badminton player, Akhilesh Das was also the chairman of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
He also had stakes in real estate, media and several educational institutions, including a university named after his father in Lucknow and other cities.
In 2012, Gupta had become the Badminton Association of India (BAI) president after the arrest of former chief V K Verma over corruption charges in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
He was unanimously re-elected for a four-year term in 2014.
Last year, he was also elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a four year term.
Under his tenure, India bagged the rights to host marquee BWF events like the 2014 Thomas/Uber Cup and the Super Series, while Syed Modi international was upgraded to a Grand Prix gold status.
He was also instrumental in launching and organising the the cash-rich Indian Badminton League in August 2013, which was later rechristened to Premier Badminton League in 2015.