Agnimitra Paul is an Indian politician and fashion designer. In 2019, she became the president of BJP Mahila Morcha, and in 2021, she was elected as an MLA from Asansol Dakshin Vidhan Sabha. Before joining politics, she worked as a fashion designer in Kolkata, India, and designed costumes for various films.
Agnimitra Paul was born as Agnimitra Ray on Saturday, 25 November 1972 (age 49 years; as of 2021) in Asansol, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal. She cleared her Secondary Examination from the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Board at Loreto Convent School, Asansol, in 1989.
In 1991, she passed Higher Secondary Examination from the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Board at the Asansol Girls’ College. After this, she went to Banwarilal Bhalotia College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Science (Botany) and passed out in 1994. She also prepared for JEE but ended up remaining on the waiting list for two years. Her parents gave a hefty amount of donations to secure her admission to a medical college in Bangalore. She went to Bangalore to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. However, she gave up this dream because her boyfriend Partho didn’t like it, and she returned back home after a week. After marriage, she went to Jadavpur University to pursue her master’s degree in Business Administration. During that time, she also enrolled in a fashion designing course at BILAMS and passed out in 1997.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
She is the daughter of Dr. Ashok Ray and Aparna Ray. Her father is a pediatrician in Asansol, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, and her mother is a former Managing Director at Avishkar Diagnostic Centre. She also has a sister named Ari Ray.
Husband & Children
Agnimitra is married to Partho Paul, an entrepreneur who is the executive director of a pharmaceutical company named Palson Drugs & Chemical Industries. She met him for the first time in 1992 when he visited her father for official work.
In an interview, she talked about how they got along and said,
I first met Partho in 1992 when he’d visited my father on some official work. Our first impressions? My dad liked him instantly, my mother was a bit wary, and I thought he was an extremely genuine chap. I had just completed Class 12 then, with dreams of clearing the JEE and becoming a doctor. But they say when love comes calling, all else pales in comparison.
They used to exchange romantic cards when they started dating, and soon, they got married. They have two sons named Vighnesh Paul and Siddhesh Paul.
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Agnimitra’s husband supported her dream of becoming a fashion designer, and she started working as a fashion designer at various fashion houses. In 1996, she worked closely with established designers like Ritu Beri and continued with such assisting jobs for five years with a monthly salary of about Rs. 2,500. This earning served as her initial funding for her own store, and later, she started her own fashion retail label named Inga. She designed costumes for a Bollywood film, Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, in 2001.
From 2006 to 2008, She designed costumes for some big cinema projects in Tollywood. These projects included films like Hungama, a film directed by Swapan Saha, and Bidhatar Lekha, directed by Raja Mukherjee. According to Agnimitra, she is the first working woman in her family with her husband’s support. She talked about this in an interview and said,
Who would have thought that a few hours every morning at BILAMS would make me embrace fashion design with such commitment! And this time around, Partho did not stand in my way. I was the first woman of the family to start working and I’m really very grateful to my husband and in-laws for their support and encouragement.
In May 2017, she designed a thematic jersey for the Kolkata XI team, which was showcased at a press meet.
In March 2019, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and became the president of BJP Mahila Morcha, West Bengal. In an interview, she talked about Narendra Modi, who she considers her inspiration in politics, and said,
It is because of Narendra Modi that I joined the party. I admire him; I am a big fan and would be happy to work under his leadership. I have joined BJP for him, nobody else and nothing more. I like his speeches, policies and the kind of work that he has done for the country. Because of his international policies, India is in a very strong position.’
As the president of BJP Mahila Morcha, she organized a training workshop for women called Uma that focused on teaching self-defense to women in 23 districts of West Bengal in September 2020. In 2021, she won the West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Asansol Dakshin Vidhan Sabha, West Bengal. She won the election by 1800 votes against Congrees candidate Sayani Ghosh.
As per IPC Section – 506, she has 4 charges related to Punishment for criminal intimidation. As per IPC Section 324, she has one charge for hurting someone with a dangerous weapon. She also has a charge for causing grievous hurt as per Section 325. This is followed by another charge as per IPC Section 505 for conducting public mischief and a charge as per section 379 for theft. This is followed by fifteen more charges as per various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
In September 2019, she registered a police complaint stating that she was molested and physically abused by the crowd at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata, West Bengal. She said, that her clothes were torn, and her modesty was attacked by the crowd at the university. While filing the complaint, she said,
While we were about to enter the venue of the program, a section of the rowdy crowd physically blocked our passage. They started shouting slogans. Gradually, the crowd claiming to be students of the university became violent and started physical abuse, assault, abusive language, and moral mayhem.’
- Cash amounting to Rs. 53,000
- Bank deposits amounting to Rs. 51,84,228
- Bonds amounting to Rs. 6,37,900
- Investments in insurance policies amounting to Rs. 17,00,000
- Gold jewellery worth Rs. 36,76,070
- Residential building worth Rs. 1,28,75,026
Agnimitra has an estimated net worth of Rs. 1.24 Crore as of 2019.
- Since childhood, she wanted to become a doctor just like her father.
- Once she appeared in the PediaSure newspaper ad with her son.
- She worked on social causes and helped acid attack survivors, and visually challenged people even before she become a politician.
- She has also been a part of the Film Federation of India jury, which selected one film that was sent for the Oscars representing India.