Trinamool Congress MLA Tamonash Ghosh, who had tested positive for Covid-19 last month, died at a hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday. He was 60 and is survived by his wife and daughters.
The three-time MLA from the Falta Assembly constituency of South 24 Parganas was admitted to the hospital after he had tested positive for the virus. He is the first MLA in West Bengal to succumb to coronavirus infection.
According to hospital sources, Ghosh had several complications related to the heart and kidney and died of multi-organ failure. He was diabetic and had been admitted to the hospital with breathing trouble. “Ghosh had responded to the treatment during the first few days. Later, his parameters gradually started falling. He had developed respiratory problem, following which he was shifted to the intensive care unit. On Sunday, his condition deteriorated and he was put on ventilator. He died this morning,’’ said a doctor of the private hospital where the MLA was admitted.
Known to be a loyalist of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Ghosh had supported her since the Chhatra Parishad days in 1980s. Later, Banerjee made him the TMC treasurer in 1998 when she founded the party.
On Wednesday, Banerjee offered her condolences saying the TMC MLA has left a void, which is difficult to fill. “Very, very sad. Tamonash Ghosh, 3-time MLA from Falta & party treasurer since 1998 had to leave us today. Been with us for over 35 years, he was dedicated to the cause of the people & party. He contributed much through his social work,” she said in a tweet.
“He has left a void that will be difficult to fill. On behalf of all of us, heartfelt condolences to his wife Jharna, his two daughters, friends and well-wishers,” she added.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also condoled his death. “Sad at the demise of 3-time Falta MLA Tamonash Ghosh. He was an experienced leader with promising prospects in times to come. Pray ALMIGHTY to bestow eternal peace on the departed soul. Heartfelt Condolences to his wife, two daughters, friends and well wishers,” Dhankhar said in a tweet.
Medinipur MP and Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said despite being treated for over one month the TMC MLA could not be saved. “It is unfortunate that he could not be saved. Even after a month-long treatment, the TMC MLA died,” said Ghosh.
Senior TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim took a jibe at Ghosh and said, “BJP leaders must learn to show courtesy. They only know how to disrespect people.”
Earlier, TMC MLA and State Fire Services minister Sujit Bose was infected with coronavirus and had been admitted to a hospital. His wife and domestic help also tested positive for Covid-19. Bose, however, was later released and is currently under observation at his residence.
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