West Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra passed away at a Kolkata hospital.
He had been admitted to the hospital around 17 days back due to heart and kidney related ailments.
Hospital sources told new agencies that Mitra died following a cardiac arrest around 1:30 am on Thursday.
Mitra's political career began during the 1960s as a student leader and spanned over five decades.
Mitra became an MLA from Sealdah Assembly in 1972 constituency and represented it seven times.
Known to be a master strategist, Mitra rose quickly in the ranks of the Congress to become one of the most popular party leader in the state.
Mitra, who went on to become three-time president of the Congress' West Bengal unit from 1992-1996, 1996-1998 and then again from September 2018, was instrumental in clocking the best tally of 82 seats against the Left Front in the 1996 assembly polls.Tributes poured in for the Congress leader from leaders across the political spectrum.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel laid to rest in Gujarat's Bharuch on November 26. Former party present Rahul Gandhi, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath along with other leaders was present at Burial Ground. Patel breathed his last after multi-organ failure in the wee hours of Nov 25. He was undergoing treatment at a Gurugram hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 71-year-old.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached Gujarat's Bharuch to pay last respects to senior party leader Ahmed Patel on November 26. Patel breathed his last after multi-organ failure in the wee hours of Nov 25. He was undergoing treatment at a Gurugram hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 71-year-old.
The members of Left trade union blocked railway track at Belgharia station in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. They are protesting against Centre's new labour and farm laws on November 26. A demonstration was also held in Kolkata during a nationwide strike today. On the other side, Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, CPI(M) and Congress blocked railway track in Jadavpur as trade unions observed nationwide strike against new labour policies introduced by the Centre.
'Cricketer' Malaika Arora snapped spending quality time with her son Arhaan Khan. Dressed in comfy athleisure, 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' girl was clicked outside her yoga center in Mumbai. Her pet Casper was also seen goofing around. Meanwhile, bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan was seen outside Mumbai airport. He is off to Kolkata for shooting of his upcoming film 'Bob Biswas'. Actor Sharad Kelkar was also spotted at the airport. He recently garnered applause for his acting in 'Laxmii'.
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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar reacted on attack on stones hurled on the convoy of BJP president Dilip Ghosh. He said that there is no rule of law and the state is heading towards anarchy if opposition party's leadership gets compromised. "Attack on Ghosh's convoy is a very serious matter and political violence means danger to democracy of the country," he said.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has lashed out at the Governors of Maharashtra & West Bengal. Sanjay Raut said that Governors are the political agents of the President as they do political work. Raut further added that it seems only the states of West Bengal and Maharashtra seem to have Governors at present. The attack comes days after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari taunted CM Uddhav Thackeray over reopening of places of worship in the state. Koshyari had questioned Uddhav’s commitment to Hindutva and questioned whether he too had turned secular. The Chief Minister had given a stinging response saying that his Hindutva did not need validation from the Governor and also added that secularism is a part of the Indian constitution. Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has also been at loggerheads with the Mamata Banerjee led state government over the issue of law and order in the state. Many leaders from the ruling Trinamool Congress have accused the Governor of being partisan. Watch the full video for all the details.
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