On Monday, independent politician Samir Ghosh, contesting the West Bengal Assembly polls, died due to COVID-19.
Ghosh was contesting from Baisnabnagar in Malda district.
He is the fourth candidate to have died of COVID-19 in the poll-bound state within a span of 10 days.
On 15 April, Rezaul Haque, the Congress candidate from the Samserganj constituency in Murshidabad district, died due to the COVID-19 infection.
A day after Haque’s death, Revolutionary Socialist Party politician Pradip Kumar also died due to COVID-19. He was contesting from Jangipur Assembly seat in Murshidabad district.
On 25 April, Kajal Sinha, Trinamool Congress candidate from Khardah in the North 24 Parganas district, succumbed to COVID-19.
On 17 April, incumbent Trinamol Congress MLA from Murarai in Birbhum district Abdur Rahman died of coronavirus. However, he was not contesting the polls this time.
On April 26, in Bengal’s seventh phase of voting, over 8.6 million voters stepped out to vote.
The final phase of the Bengal polls will end on April 29.