Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to the veteran leader on Twitter.
Veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader in Bengal – Shyamal Chakraborty – died at a Kolkata hospital today, days after he was hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.
The 76-year-old leader, who served Bengal thrice as the transport minister between 1982 and 1996, had tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 virus last month. He was admitted to Peerless Hospital on July 30. It is reported that he had suffered a cardiac arrest in the morning after which, as per his doctor, he was stabilised. He breathed his last after a second cardiac arrest around 1.50 PM.
Shyamal Chakraborty was a veteran trade unionist and a member of the working committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). He was also a sitting member of the CPM’s key decision making body, the Central Committee. He had earlier served as CPM Rajya Sabha MP, state chief of CITU and member of the CPM state committee. He is survived by daughter Ushasi Chakraborty, an actor.
Biman Bose, another veteran leader said, “Comrade Shyamal Chakraborty was a student leader, a labour leader and a mass leader. He was not only a very good speaker but also an avid writer.”