Kolkata: Senior CPI(M) leader Shyamal Chakraborty died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday, party sources said. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week
He was 76. Also Read - Kidambi Srikanth's Request to Take Coach And Physio For Denmark Open Approved
Chakraborty, the three-time transport minister of West Bengal from 1982 to 1996, was admitted to the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 30. Also Read - India Corona Vaccine Update: Phase-3 Clinical Trials of Oxford's 'Covishield' Vaccine to Begin on Monday | Read Here
He was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member and a veteran trade unionist.
“He died this afternoon. He was on ventilation for the last few days,” a party leader said.
He is survived by daughter Ushasi Chakraborty, an actor.
Chakraborty is the second notable politician from the state to die of COVID-19. Trinamool Congress MLA Tamonash Ghosh succumbed to the contagion in June.
On Wednesday, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation councillor Subhash Bose also died of COVID-19.