Veteran CPI leader and former MP Gurudas Dasgupta died on Thursday following a prolonged illness. He was 83. Dasgupta is survived by his wife and daughter. He was suffering from lung cancer for last several months. Dasgupta, known for his oratory skills, is a veteran trade union leader of AITUC. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1985. He was also a member of the Lok Sabha from Panskura in 2004 and Ghatal in 2009.