Congress Veteran Leader ‘Chacha Ji’ Passes Away


Paschim Midnapore:  Former MLA and congress veteran leader Gyan Singh Sohanpal popularly known as Chacha ji passed away at SSKM hospital on Tuesday afternoon. He was suffering from prolonged illness. He will be cremated with national honour. WB CM Mamata Banerjee condoles death of Congress Veteran Leader Gyan Singh Sohan Pal. Mamata tweeted “Saddened at the passing of Gyan Singh Sohan Pal ji. We have lost a veteran legislator. My condolences to his family & friends”.


Earlier, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has beaten Congress MLA Gyan Singh Sohanpal from Kharagpur Sadar seat in West Midnapore district by 6,309 votes. At 91, Sohanpal is the senior-most of the outgoing Assembly and fought his first elections in 1962.

Now after 52 years and 10 stints as a Congress MLA, Gyan Singh Sohanpal, at 91, is the eldest candidate in the fray in the State. He has been representing Kharagpur Sadar continously from 1982. Kharagpur, which has a sizeable chunk of Muslim and Malayali voters, has traditionally rooted for him but he lost out to Dilip Ghosh in the end.