Former Rajya Sabha MP and Senior Journalist Chandan Mitra passed away late on Wednesday night, confirmed his son Kushan Mitra. He was 65 in age.
Chandan Mitra was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 2003 to 2009. In June 2010, Bhartiya Janta Party got him elected to the upper house from Madhya Pradesh and his term was ended in 2016. He was very close side to BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani but was sidelined under the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah leadership.
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He resigned from the BJP in July 2018 and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Prime Minister Narendra Modi took Twitter and condoled Mitra’s demise. He tweeted, “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!”
Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav also expressed his condolences through Twitter. He tweeted, “Very sorry to hear about the demise of former MP and senior journalist Sh Chandan Mitra. He was a good friend. Served on the India Foundation Board for many years until his health forced him to withdraw from public activism. Condolences to @kushanmitra and other near and dear. Om Shanti.”
Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, who is also a friend of Chandan Mitra, took to Twitter to express his grief by posting a photograph of Chandan Mitra and his own during a school trip in 1972. “I lost my closest friend—editor of Pioneer & former MP Chandan Mitra—this morning. We were together as students of La Martiniere & went on to St Stephen’s & Oxford. We joined journalism at the same time & shared the excitement of Ayodhya & the saffron wave,” he tweeted.