Former West Bengal assembly speaker Hashim Abdul Halim passed away on 1 November 2015 following cardiac problems in Kolkata. He was 80. Halim created a record of serving as the Assembly speaker for 29 long years from 1982 to 2011 during the Left Front rule.
A member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), he was elected as an MLA for the first time in 1977, when the CPI(M)-led Left Front came to power. He was elected to the state assembly for seven consecutive terms till 2011.
He also served as the judicial affairs minister from 1977 to 1982 and subsequently served as the assembly speaker from 1982 to 2011.