Somen Mitra

Somendra Nath Mitra (31 December 1941 – 30 July 2020), popularly known as Somen Mitra, was an Indian politician. He was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha, elected from the Diamond Harbour constituency in West Bengal state in 2009 as a Trinamool Congress candidate. He was a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Sealdah from 1972 to 2006. He was the president of the state unit of the Indian National Congress. In July 2008, he left the Indian National Congress and formed a new party, named, Pragatisheel Indira Congress.[1] In October 2009, the political party founded by him was officially merged with the All India Trinamool Congress.[2] He rejoined his parent party Congress in January, 2014, before that he resigned from his MP post.[3] He became the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee for the second time on 22 September 2018 and served till his death on July 30th 2020.[4]

Somendra Nath Mitra
President of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
16 September 2018 – 30 July 2020
Preceded byAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Succeeded byAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury
In office
Preceded bySiddhartha Shankar Ray
Succeeded byA. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2009 – 28 January 2014
Preceded bySamik Lahiri
Succeeded byAbhishek Banerjee
ConstituencyDiamond Harbour
Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byBinoy Banerjee
Succeeded bySikha Mitra
Personal details
Born(1941-12-31)31 December 1941
Katorah, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died30 July 2020(2020-07-30) (aged 78)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Political partyIndian National Congress
Other political
All India Trinamool Congress (2008-2014)
Spouse(s)Sikha Mitra
ChildrenRohan Mitra
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta (B.Sc.),(LL.B.)


  1. ^ "Somen Mitra leaves Congress". Daily News and Analysis. 19 July 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Now, Somen officially a Trinamool man". Indian Express. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Somen Mitra rejoins Congress 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014
  4. ^ "Somen Mitra appointed Congress chief in Bengal". 21 September 2018.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Samik Lahiri
Member of Parliament
in Lok Sabha for Diamond Harbour

Succeeded by
Abhishek Banerjee
Political offices
Preceded by
Siddhartha Shankar Ray
President of
West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee

1992 – 1998
Succeeded by
A. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury
Preceded by
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
President of
West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee

2018 – 2020
Succeeded by

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