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Bengal Congress Chief Somen Mitra Passes Away

Kolkata: West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Somendranath Mitra passed away at the age of 78 in the early hours of Thursday at a city hospital.

Mitra was admitted to the health facility a few days ago with kidney-related ailments.

“He was admitted to the hospital a few days back after his creatinine level was found to be high during a routine check-up. He was a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and also had other age-related ailments,” a senior official of the hospital said.

Mitra, a veteran Congress leader took charge of West Bengal Congress in 2018. He also played an important role in forging an electoral understanding of Left parties and Congress in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It was his third stint as West Bengal Congress chief.

Mitra was an influential leader of Congress from north Kolkata rose to the prominence in the 1970s. From the Sealdah Assembly seat, he became MLA in 1972 who went on to represent the constituency seven times.

He later left the Congress party in 2008 and joined Trinamool Congress in 2009. He also represented Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat from 2009 to 2014 as a Trinamool Congress MP. After serving his ties with Trinamool Congress, he returned back to Congress party in 2014.

According to Mirta’s family, he died around 1:30 am due to cardiac arrest, adding that he had tested negative for COVID-19.

Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP and All India Congress Committee (AICC) incharge of party affairs in the state also condoled the demise of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) chief.

He is survived by his wife and son.

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