Somnath Chatterjee, Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Dies at 89

Somnath Chatterjee

The Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 in Kolkata today morning following multiple organ failure. He was admitted to a private hospital for the kidney-related ailment. His condition deteriorated on Sunday after he suffered a mild heart attack. Last month, the Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. Chatterjee had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was under treatment for the past 40 days.

The Former Lok Sabha Speaker and expelled member of the CPM died just after 8 AM today at a hospital in Kolkata. He had been in and out of the hospital since June-end after suffering a stroke. Mr. Chatterjee had celebrated his 89th birthday on July 29. He was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Chatterjee was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for 40 years since 1968.

President Ram Nath Kovind said that Chatterjee’s death is a loss for public life in Bengal and India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, mourned the loss of Chatterjee and said that the Indian leader was a stalwart of Indian politics who was a “strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable”.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi too mourned the loss of Chatterjee and said that the leader “was an institution”.

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