Kolkata: The Deputy Speaker of West Bengal Assembly, Haider Aziz Safwi, is no more.
The 73-year-old Trinamool politician passed away at the private AMRI Hospital at Salt Lake this morning.
He was admitted to a private nursing home in central Kolkata on 23 November for pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
After over a fortnight in the hospital, his health improved and the nursing home discharged him yesterday. But today morning he fell ill again at his Salt Lake home and family members rushed him to AMRI Hospital. He breathed his last there around 11 am.
Safwi, a retired IPS officer of the Bengal cadre, joined the Trinamool in 2009 and got elected an MLA from Uluberia East constituency in the 2011 Assembly polls.
He was made the Cabinet minister for cooperation and inland water transport and the minister for correctional (jail) administration in the first Mamata Banerjee government.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, he was re-elected from Uluberia East and was made the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has offered her condolences at the passing away of the police officer-turned-politician. In a Tweet, she has termed Safwi’s death a “great loss.”
“I am deeply saddened to know that Haider Aziz Safwi, Deputy Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly is no more. He was a very senior and respected person associated with us over a long time. His passing away is indeed a great loss.”
“I convey my deep condolence to members of his family, friends, followers, and well-wishers. These moments of sorrow are really very hard for us to digest but there is nothing that we can do but accept,” the Tweet reads.