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BREAKING: Former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev dies at 83

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief in twitter 

Guwahati, August 2, 2017: Former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev passed away today at 6.06 am in morning. He was admitted at Valley Hospital and Research Centre, Silchar and was battling with multi-organ failure. Dev was admitted to the hospital with heart problems a few days back and was under constant observation of a team of doctors in the ICU. 

He was 83 and is survived by wife and four daughters Susmita, Tapati, Saswati and Bharati.

Born on April 1, 1934 in in Silchar, Santosh Mohan Dev was graduated from G.C College in Silchar and had an MBA from the Welsh College In Cardiff UK.

Popularly known as “Rana Da”, he was first elected to the Parliament in 1980, the first of his seven terms in office as the Member Of Parliament. Out of these seven, he represented Silchar, Assam five times and he was elected from Tripura twice. Dev had the rare distinction of being elected from two different states.

Santosh Mohan Dev was the eldest of three sons of the renowned Bengali North Eastern Freedom Fighter Satindra Mohan Dev. Satindra Mohan Dev was known as fierce opponent of British Rule and enjoyed the personal confidence of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was jailed a number of times by the British for his resistance activities.

In the mid Sixties in an independent India he was offered the governorship of Bihar, but he turned it down, preferring to stay in his hometown of Silchar. A member of the Dev family has occupied an elected office from South Assam for all but 10 years since Indian Independence.

Assam Pradesh Congress Commitee president Ripun Bora said that the loss of veteran leader Santosh Mohan Dev is an irreparable loss to the State. Bora also referred to the huge developmental works undertaken at the behest of the late Dev in the Barak valley, Assam and the NEregion. According to Bora, Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi may visit Silchar to pay his last respect to the departed leader of the Barak valley.

Demise of one of tallest leaders in northeast India also cast pall of gloom in neighbouring Tripura from where he became member of Lok Sabha in 1989 and 1991. He was also play key role in installation of Congress TUJS coalition government in 1988 and virtually served as its guardian.