Former Union minister, promoter of NE TV Matang Sinh no more

Former Union minister and Congress leader, Matang Sinh, passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on May 6 following COVID-19 related complications.

Hailing from Tinsukia in eastern Assam, the 59-year-old Congress leader was a close aide of former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam in 1992.

Matang Sinh was also the founder of Guwahati-based TV channel NE TV.

He had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22 and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the national capital.

Matang Sinh had served as the Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs from 1994 to 1998.

The coal businessman-turned-politician was expelled from the Congress in 1998 on disciplinary grounds following his controversial remarks against party president Sonia Gandhi.

In 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested Sinh, who had launched several television channels, for his involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condoled the death of Sinh.

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