Kolkata: Veteran politician and five-time MP Radhika Ranjan Pramanik died of age-related ailments on Sunday, family members said. He was 88. He is survived by his wife. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Nearly Falls While Driving Electric Scooter to Protest Fuel Price Hike | Watch

Pramanik left the CPI(M) to join the TMC during the later phase of his political career. Also Read - To Protest Petrol Price Hike, Mamata Banerjee Takes Electric Scooter To Office | VIDEO

He was elected to Lok Sabha five times from Mathurapur on a CPI(M) ticket, beginning 1989. Before that he represented Magrahat (East) assembly constituency. Also Read - Police Denies Permission To JP Nadda's 'Poriborton Yatra' in Bengal' Barrackpore, BJP Says Will Move Court

Condoling his death, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet, “Saddened to hear about the passing away of our dear senior colleauge Radhika (da) Ranjan Pramanik. A five-time MP, much loved, much respected and much admired by us all. A man with vast experience. A big loss for the Trinamool family. My condolences to his family and admirers.”

In another statement, the TMC supremo said, “Pramanik always served the marginalised people in his long political career. He quit the conventional Left politics at a later phase and joined the maa-mati-manush movement to make our democratic movement stronger.”