Veteran TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee dies at 75


Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal's Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee breathed his last on Thursday at a state-run hospital in Kolkata. He was 75 and is survived by his wife.

The veteran politician who underwent angioplasty early this week died at 9.22 PM after suffering a massive cardiac arrest, state minister Firhad Hakim said. The chief minister who was performing Kali Puja at her Kalighat residence visited the SSKM Hospital and announced that he is no more.

"I have faced many disasters in my life but this is a very big blow. I do not think there will be another man like Subrata da who was such a nice and hard-working person. The party and his constituency (Ballygunge) were his soul. I will not be able to see Subrata da's body. This evening the principal of the hospital told me that Subrata da is fine and he will be going back home tomorrow. Doctors tried their best," Banerjee said.

Mukherjee, who was hospitalised on October 24 following breathing problems, underwent angioplasty when two stents were inserted inside his blocked arteries on November 1, the sources said. He had been suffering from high blood sugar, CoPD and other age-related ailments.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Chowdhury also condoled his death. "This is a big loss for West Bengal. It feels like I have lost my elder brother. A few days back, I went to see him in the hospital and spoke to him. It's a big loss for Indian politics," he said.