Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned Sikdar’s death and said that he would be remembered for “his years of dedicated public service”.
The 71-year-old Sikdar was a bachelor.
“Tapan Sikdar ji’s demise is extremely saddening. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi said in a tweet. “Tapan Sikdar will be remembered for his rich contribution in building the BJP and his years of dedicated public service.”
Sikdar was suffering from renal failure and he was airlifted from Kolkata to Delhi and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) May 29. He was put on ventillator support at a private hospital in Kolkata on May 27.
Sikdar passed away at 4.20 a.m. Monday.
Sikdar will always be remembered for spreading the reach of the BJP in West Bengal. He became the first BJP MP from West Bengal by winning the Lok Sabha election from Dum Dum in 1998.
He won the election again in 1999. Sikdar was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajapyee government from 1999 to 2004 and handled the portfolios of communications and information technology, chemicals and fertilizers and small scale industries as also development of north-eastern region.