Mr. Mukherjee joined the Communist Party of India in 1940 and became the member of the CPI(M) in 1964. Known for his spartan lifestyle, he left his family to live in a party commune in Howrah in 1940. In 1965 he moved to the commune of the party at Dilkhusa Street in the south of the city and lived there till the end of his life.

Veteran leader and the oldest member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Samar Mukherjee, whose 100th birthday was celebrated by the party in November last year, died at a city hospital here on Thursday.

“He was admitted to a hospital with breathing problems on Wednesday night. He passed away at about 10 a.m. during the day,” Rabin Deb, State Secretariat member of the party, told The Hindu. As per Mr. Mukherjee’s wishes, the body was donated to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, he said.

“He was an exceptional, outstanding, affable and easily accessible leader who was loved by the people,” Mr. Deb said.