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Senior journalist and former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra passes away

New Delhi: A former member of the Rajya Sabha and a journalist, Chandan Mitra passed away at the age of 65 on Wednesday night in Delhi, confirmed by his son Kushan Mitra.

“Since it is already out there; Dad passed away late last night. He had been suffering for a while,” tweeted his son Kushan Mitra.

From August 2003 to August 2009, Mitra served in the Rajya Sabha as a nominated member. In Madhya Pradesh, he was elected to the upper house by the BJP in June 2010. In 2016, his term came to an end.

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He was a close aide to party senior L K Advani, but the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah leadership chose to ignore him.

Mitra, the Pioneer’s Editor and Managing Director resigned from the BJP in July 2018 and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Mitra’s death on Twitter. “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,” the prime minister tweeted.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav also expressed his condolences: “Very sorry to hear about the demise of former MP n 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.”

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