Chandan Mitra has Died
Chandan Mitra, an editor-turned-politician who had been ill for some time, died late Friday night, according to his son. He was 65 years old at the time."Dad passed away late last night, as it has already been reported. He'd been in pain for quite some time "Kushan Mitra, his son, tweeted about it.
Chandan Mitra, a former Rajya Sabha MP, resigned as the printer and publisher of The Pioneer, an English newspaper, in June of this year.
The tributes were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who expressed his condolences for the demise of the former BJP leader.
"Shri Chandan Mitra Ji will be remembered for his intellect and insights. He distinguished himself in the world of media as well as politics. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," PM Modi tweeted.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu called Chandan Mitra's death "a personal loss".
"Deeply saddened by the demise of former Rajya Sabha Member & veteran journalist, Shri Chandan Mitra. He was an erudite &highly respected journalist and parliamentarian. His death is a personal loss to me. Om Shanti!" Mr Naidu posted.
Ram Madhav, a prominent member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP's ideological father, recalled the late politician as a good friend and expressed condolences to his family.
Chandan Mitra left the BJP in 2018 and joined Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, a party he had previously accused for unleashing a "rule of terror" in Bengal. At the time, he told NDTV that he chose to work for the "betterment" of the state.
Swapan Dasgupta, a BJP official, uploaded a flashback photo of Chandan Mitra, whom he described as his "closest buddy," taken on a school trip in 1972.
"This morning, I lost my dearest friend, Chandan Mitra, editor of Pioneer and former MP. We met as La Martiniere students and went on to St Stephen's and Oxford together. We started journalism at the same time and were both enthralled by Ayodhya and the saffron wave "Mr. Dasgupta sent out a tweet.
"I'm including a photo of Chandan Mitra and me taken on a school trip in 1972. Wherever you are, my dear friend, be happy. Shanti Om, "Added he.
"Deeply saddened by this news. Chandan was my campaign manager in my successful race to be President of the St Stephen's College Union Society, served in my Cabinet & succeeded me. We remained in touch over the years, ironically till I returned to Delhi& politics separated us. RIP," Mr Tharoor posted.
Shashi Tharoor, a fellow Stephanian and current college senior, recalls Chandan Mitra's role as his campaign manager during the college election.
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