Bengal Minister Subrata Mukherjee Dies; “Big Blow”, Says Mamata Banerjee

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Subrata Mukherjee, who was the state panchayat minister, was 75. He is survived by his spouse. (File)

Kolkata:

Senior Trinamool Congress chief Subrata Mukherjee died whereas being handled for cardiac illnesses at a state-run hospital in Kolkata on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned.

Mukherjee, who was the state panchayat minister, was 75. He is survived by his spouse.

Mukherjee was additionally in command of three different departments.

The veteran politician who underwent angioplasty early this week, died at 9.22 PM after struggling an enormous cardiac arrest, state minister Firhad Hakim mentioned.

The chief minister who was performing Kali Puja at her Kalighat residence, visited the SSKM Hospital and introduced that he’s no extra.

“I still can’t believe he is no longer with us. He was such a dedicated party leader. It is a personal loss for me,” she mentioned.

His physique shall be taken to Rabindra Sadan, a government-owned auditorium, on Friday for the folks to pay their final respect. From there, will probably be taken to his Ballygunge dwelling after which to his ancestral dwelling, Ms Banerjee added.

Sources within the hospital mentioned the minister had a ‘stent thrombosis’, one of many deadly issues of percutaneous coronary intervention.

Mukherjee, who was hospitalised on October 24 following respiratory issues, underwent angioplasty when two stents had been inserted inside his blocked arteries on November 1, the sources mentioned.

He had been affected by excessive blood sugar, CoPD and different age-related illnesses.

The former Kolkata mayor was hospitalised with comparable illnesses in May, after he was arrested and despatched to jail in reference to the Narada sting tape case. He was out on bail.

Mukherjee was an up and coming Congress chief of West Bengal throughout the time of Indira Gandhi’s second time period of prime ministership within the 1970s. He had shaped a trident with different two Congress leaders – Somen Mitra and Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.

Mukherjee and Mitra joined the Mamata Banerjee-led social gathering in 2010 and 2008 respectively. While Mitra returned to his outdated social gathering in 2014, Mukherjee remained within the TMC. Dasmunsi and Mitra died in 2017 and 2020 respectively.

“I have faced many disasters in my life but this is a very big blow. I do not think there will be another man like Subrata da who was such a nice and hard-working person. The party and his constituency (Ballygunge) were his soul. I will not be able to see Subrata da’s body.”

“This evening the principal of the hospital told me that Subrata da is fine and he will be going back home tomorrow. Doctors tried their best,” Ms Banerjee mentioned.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury additionally condoled his loss of life.

“This is a big loss for West Bengal. It feels like I have lost my elder brother. A few days back, I went to see him in the hospital and spoke to him. It’s a big loss for Indian politics,” he mentioned.

The BJP’s West Bengal president, Dr Sukanta Majumdar described Mukherjee’s loss of life as the tip of an ideal period of Bengal politics.

“It’s definitely very sad. He was the youngest Cabinet minister in the Siddhartha Shankar Ray government. From then till today, he was a popular politician. May his soul rest in peace.”

Senior CPI(M) chief and former Kolkata mayor Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya mentioned, “He is a politician of the bygone era. He has always been a smiling personality and an intelligent politician. We may have certain differences of opinion but I consider him as one of the best politicians of Benal I have ever seen.”

Mukherjee was additionally the chief of a membership that organises one of the vital standard Durga Pujas of the town.

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