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West Bengal Congress President Somendranath Mitra Passes Away At 78,Leaders Pay Tribute
Soen Mitra quit the TMC in 2014 to rejoin the Congress.
West Bengal Congress President Somendranath Mitra Passes Away At 78, Leaders Pay Tribute
New Delhi: On the early hours of Thursday, West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra died of Kidney and heart ailments at a private hospital.Somedranath Mitra was 78 and is survived by his son Rohan Mitra, state youth Congress leader and wife Sikha Mitra a former legislator.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted “Saddened to hear about the passing away of the veteran leader, former MP and West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra. My deepest condolences to his family, followers, and well-wishers".
Saddened to hear about the passing away of veteran leader, former MP and @INCWestBengal president Somen Mitra. My deepest condolences to his family, followers and well-wishers.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 30, 2020
A week ago Mitra was admitted to the hospital and underwent dialysis twice. He will be cremated later in the day, said the members of the family.
“All my love and support to family and friends of Somen Mitra at this difficult time. We will remember him with love, fondness, and respect,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
All my love and support to family and friends of Somen Mitra at this difficult time. We will remember him with love, fondness and respect. pic.twitter.com/k1muPvycgT— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 30, 2020
In the central Kolkata in sealdah constituency Mitra was elected legislator for seven times. Also, he was elected to the Lok Sabha as the Trinamool Congress candidate in 2009 when he left Congress for a few years only to return to the party again.
He was the state Congress president twice. Mamata Banerjee left the party and formed the Trinamool Congress during his first stint between 1992 and 1998, alleging that congress had become a weak Opposition against the Left Front government.
Leaders of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and former president of the party from West Bengal unit Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary said that the has lost a guardian “I started my career under his leadership. He helped me become a people’s representative for the first time.”
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “Mitra was the face of the old political culture that was marked by decency and courtesy.”