The 58-year old Oxford University Ph.D runs one of the country's oldest daily newspapers, The Pioneer, and there is a buzz that he could become the information and broadcasting minister if the BJP comes to power.
But Mitra calls such talks "premature".
"Choosing the ministry is like selecting a cricket team in which the captain has a role or others have a role. Whether I'll be a minister or whether I will get some specific ministry, I feel to even talk about this will be very, very premature. I don't know anything about this."
But Mitra does not agree that the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to control the media by putting its men in pivotal positions aided by some corporate houses.