Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89

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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89

Somnath Chatterjee, Former Lok Sabha speaker passed away at 89 in a Kolkata hospital today morning. A few days back he was hospitalized due to a kidney ailment.

Chatterjee was hospitalized at Belle Vue Clinic on June 28.  After which he was discharged on August 5 but was admitted to the hospital again on August 9, a dialysis was performed on him. He was put on ventilator on Friday.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89

He was a 10-time member of the Lok Sabha and was one of the most esteemed parliamentarians of the country.

Chatterjee joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist), of which he was a member from 1968 to 2008.  After the death of his father, barrister Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee a prominent parliamentarian of the Hindu Mahasabha, a seat become vacant in Lok Sabha from Burdwan.

Chatterjee first contested for the Lok Sabha in 1971 for that vacant seat. He won 9 more elections to the Lower House.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament in 1977 in the Lok Sabha from Jadavpur constituency for the first time and was re-elected in 1980. In the year 1984, he lost to Mamata Banerjee.

He won 7 consecutive polls from Bolpur constituency in Birbhum district from a by-election in 1985 to 2005. He was awarded an outstanding Parliamentarian in 1994.

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

CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said, “It’s a big setback for us. Today, we lost Somnath da around 8.15 am at a private hospital in Kolkata.”

Leaders from across the political spectrum mourned his death.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Chatterjee’s demise and described him as a “strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable.”

“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,” PM Modi tweeted.

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences. He tweeted: “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. #SomnathChatterjee”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, said Chatterjee was “..greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines”.

 

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in a tweet, expressed his deep sorrow over the passing away of Chatterjee.

“Saddened to learn of the passing away of former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee ji. Throughout his life he was a Democrat, a liberal and a champion of enlarging the constituency for social democracy,” he said.

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