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Kolkata: Veteran CPI-M leader and the former finance minister of Bengal, Ashok Mitra, has passed away.

Mitra, 90, was admitted to a private nursing home in south Kolkata a few days ago with age-related ailments. He breathed his last at the nursing home around 9.15 this morning.

Mitra was born in Dhaka in 1928 and completed under-graduate studies from Dhaka University in 1947. He pursued post-graduate studies in economics at Banaras Hindu University and received doctorate degree in economics at the University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 1953.

On returning India, he served as the chief economic advisor to the Union finance ministry from 1970-72.

Mitra became the finance minister of Bengal after the first Left Front government assumed power in the state in 1977. He continued to be the finance minister until 1987. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1990.

Left Front chairman Biman Basu and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has offered their condolences on Mitra’s demise.

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