Tapan Sikdar is a former Union minister of state in the National Democratic Alliance government of India and a Bharatiya Janata Party politician. He is known for his honesty in Indian politics. He was born on 20 September 1944 in Jessore. His father Dr.D.N. Sikdar was a renowned physician. His mother’s name was Smt. Bela Rani Sikdar.
He was member of 12 and 13 Lok Sabha representing Dum Dum (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal.
When he was a Member of Parliament (MP) it is was the first time the people of Dumdum know that what is an MPLAD scheme. He was Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. Later he was Union Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. He unsuccessfully contested the Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency in the 2009 general election where the All India Trinamool Congress (an earlier National Democratic Alliance ally) candidate (who won and became the MP) got 458,988 votes whereas the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate got 438,510 votes) and he polled only 55,679 votes.