Mitra passed away at a Kolkata hospital early Thursday. He was 78.
Veteran CPM leader Biman Bose recalled his personal equations with Mitra and said his death was a blow to “the secular and democratic forces in State who are trying to forge a united fight against the BJP and Trinamool Congress.”
BJP MP Locket Chatterjee said “may the departed soul rest in peace.” Trinamool Congress leader and senior West Bengal minister Subrata Mukherjee said Mitra was instrumental in his baptism into politics as a student leader in early 70s and he (Mukherjee) and late Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi got immense support from Mitra as they worked for the party in 70s.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the passing away of party’s West Bengal unit president Somen Mitra and said that he will be remembered with “love, fondness and respect”.
Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Choudhury said: “I have lost my guardian in politics”. Congress leader in the West Bengal Assembly Abdul Mannan said “I was inducted into state level by Somen da. He was popular among grassroot workers and earned their love for his behaviour.
“We had arguments and differences. But that never soured our relationship as an elder and younger brother. He was a legendary leader,” Mannan said.