Former Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee passed away at 89

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away on Monday morning at a Kolkata Hospital after struggling with kidney ailments at the age of 89 years. After a stroke at the June end, Mr Chatterjee has been continuously moving in out of the hospital and his condition was said to be critical on Sunday.

Mr Chatterjee was in constant observation of 12 member team of doctors after suffering from stroke.

One of the official said that, “He was under treatment for the past 40 days. Chatterjee was discharged from the hospital just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. However, his condition deteriorated last Tuesday and he had to be hospitalised again”.

Serving as the speaker of the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009, Mr Chatterjee was a member of Communist party for 40 years since 1968. He has represented the party for 10 times in parliament.

Chatterjee was known for his orator skills as he was trained from in master’s in law from Cambridge University and was called to the bar from Middle Temple in London.

In 2008, Mr Chatterjee did something a way apart from his party member as he denied stepping out from the position of speaker and vote against government as he was contented to his place and was raised above the party politics.

As a result, as he was expelled from CPM but he was silent initially and later on said that it was the saddest day of his life.

However, his expulsion created indifferences among the party members as many wanted to bring him back to the party. Mr Chatterjee is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.




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