Veteran CPI-M leader Shyamal Chakraborty dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata

Senior CPI-M trade union leader Shyamal Chakraborty, 76 died on Thursday, August 6. The veteran politician had been tested positive of coronavirus.

Bengal CPI-M leader Shyamal Chakraborty passed on Thursday after being suffering from
coronavirus. The senior leader died in the afternoon at a hospital in Kolkata. Shyamal Chakraborty was a senior Trade Union leader in West Bengal.

A former state cabinet minister, Shyamal Chakraborty was admitted to a private nursing home on July 30 after severe breathing trouble and old age ailments. Party leaders, family, and other followers of the politician were highly worried about his deteriorating health.

Expressing their condolences on his demise, CPI-M party tweeted, “We express deep sadness at demise of Comrade Shyamal Chakraborty. He was a veteran TU leader, former minister & Central Committee member of the CPI(M). Today the working class and the left movement in the country has lost an important voice. We dip our flags in his memory.”

Take a look at their tweet here:


CPM MLA Sujan Chakraborty said his passing away will create a huge void in the Left politics in the state. “He was a stalwart Left leader who shouldered important responsibilities in the trade union movement. It is a matter of great loss to the party. This is the end of an era. Today he passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest,” said the CPM MLA.

According to his daughter Ushashi Chakraborty, the veteran leader was having difficulty breathing after developing an infection in his lungs. He was later admitted to a nursing home near North Kolkata.

Apart from being a prominent trade union figure and state secretary of CITU, Shyamal Chakraborty was also a former transport minister in the cabinet of then chief minister Jyoti Basu. He held office for several years during the 34 years Left Front rule in Bengal.

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