The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences on the demise of Former West Bengal Minister Pratim Chatterjee, 79, who died on Sunday.

Pratim Chatterjee died in a private hospital at Salt Lake at around 10 am this morning.

The Chief Minister in a twee said; “Saddened at the passing of former Minister of Bengal, Pratim Chattopadhyay. Condolences to his family and well wishers”.

Pratim Chattopadhyay had held the Fire Services portfolio for 15 years till 2011.

Chatterjee, president of Left Front constituent Marxist Forward Bloc, was suffering from breathing trouble and had undergone treatment at a private hospital in Salt Lake for a month and was released from there on March 14, his son in-law Dibyojyoti Ghosh said.

“He complained of uneasiness this morning and was admitted to the same facility, where he died of a cardiac arrest at 10.15 am,” Ghosh said.

The former minister, a widower, is survived by a daughter, Kuheli Ghosh.

Chatterjee, who represented Tarakeswar Assembly constituency, was the state Fire Services minister during the Left Front regime from 1996 to 2011.


(With agency inputs)