TMC MLA Jayanta Naskar dies after testing negative for Covid-19

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress MLA Jayanta Naskar, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in May, died at a hospital here on Saturday, a health department official said.

The 73-year-old legislator, however, had tested negative for the disease on Friday, a doctor of the medical facility said.

The three-time MLA from Gosaba breathed his last at 8.20 pm, he said.

Naskar had tested positive for COVID-19 soon after the announcement of the assembly election results on May 2, the official said.

The Gosaba MLA was initially treated at the state-run MR Bangur Hospital and shifted to the private medical facility a few days back, the official said, adding that he had comorbidities.

“Naskar tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday. But prolonged illness caused damage to his lung,” the senior doctor of the private hospital said.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee condoled the demise of Naskar.

“Heartfelt condolences to the family & supporters of Jayanta Naskar. Deeply pained at this colossal loss. As a 3- time MLA from Gosaba, he had dedicated his life towards serving people and was always with us through our many struggles. He will be remembered dearly,” Banerjee said in a statement.