TMC councillor clinches gold at Mongolia powerlifting meet
Kolkata: Pabitra Biswas, Trinamool Congress councilor of ward 33, has bagged two medals, including a gold, at the Asian Powerlifting Competition at Mongolia, which was held last week.
Fifty-six-year-old Biswas has bagged a gold medal in the 85 kg category in equipped bench press and a bronze medal in the raw category.
He lifted 135 kg bench press in the equipped category.
Earlier, Biswas was selected in the national team.
Biswas was first elected as a councillor of KMC in 1995 when the civic board was under the control of CPIM. Prasanta Chatterjee of CPIM was the then mayor. Subsequently, he won the 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 civic polls.
When contacted Biswas said: "Powerlifting is my passion. My day start with exercise and whenever I meet people particularly the young boys and girls I always ask them to do exercise as they will keep them fit." Biswas is very popular in Ward no 33. He goes to every road, lanes and bylanes to ensure that sweeping has been done properly and garbage has been cleared. "The leaders in Trinamool also encourage me to perform powerlifting which has helped to serve the people in better ways."
Biswas is now preparing for the World Power Lifting competition. " Take health food and work seriously – these are the two mantras to remain energetic and fit," said Biswas.