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Somnath Chatterjee, Former Lok Sabha Speaker Drew His Last Breath In Kolkata

Former speaker of Lok Sabha, Somnath Chatterjee died today in Kolkata hospital. The veteran politician was on a ventilation for last 2 days going through dialysis and on 13th August he suffered a massive heart attack at 8:10 AM and drew his last breath in Kolkata private hospital. He was 89 years old.

Member of Communist Party of India from 1968 to 2008, Chatterjee was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians, serving as the Speaker from 2004 to 2009.

He turned into a Member of the Lok Sabha in 1971 and was chosen the first time as an independent candidate supported by the CPI(M). The former speaker was re-elected nine times, with the exception of once when he lost to Mamata Banerjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in 1984.

The veteran leader was, however, expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008 for refusing to resign as the Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I government.

Political leaders from across the country grieved his demise.

Prime Minister expressed his deep sorrow and tweeted “Former MP and Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics. He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters.”

 

 “I mourn the passing away of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, 10 term MP and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He was an institution. Greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. My condolences to his family at this time of grief.” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Delhi Chief Minister expressed his condolences in a tweet “Extremely sad news about Somnath Chatterjee ji. One of the greatest parliamentarians of contemporary times he will always be missed by this country. He will be remembered among the greatest Lok Sabha Speakers India ever had.”

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