Ex-Rajya Sabha MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra passes away

New Delhi: Former BJP MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra passed away, his son Kushan Mitra said on Thursday. The 65-year-old was the editor of the Daily Pioneer newspaper.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the journalist for his intellect and insights and condoled his demise. “Shri Chandan Mitra Ji will be remembered for his intellect and insights. He distinguished himself in the world of media as well as politics. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the PM said in a tweet.
Kushan Mitra said his father had been suffering for a while. “Since it is already out there; Dad passed away late last night. He had been suffering for a while,” his son said in a tweet. Further details are awaited.

The former Rajya Sabha MP was considered close to BJP leader LK Advani.
BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta posted a picture of Chandan Mitra and himself from a school trip in 1972 and wished for his friend to be happy wherever he was.

“I lost my closest friend editor of Pioneer & former MP Chandan Mitra this morning. We were together as students of La Martiniere & went on to St Stephen’s & Oxford. We joined journalism at the same time & shared the excitement of Ayodhya & the saffron wave,” he said in a tweet.

“I am posting a photograph of Chandan Mitra and me together during a school trip in 1972. Be happy my dear friend wherever you are. Om Shanti,” Dasgupta said.

President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled the passing away of veteran journalist and said his demise leaves a void in Indian journalism. “Shri Chandan Mitra was an outstanding journalist and his stint as a parliamentarian added to his reputation. His understanding of Hindi heartland and its history was profound. His demise leaves a void in Indian journalism. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Kovind tweeted.