The condition of former Lok Sabha Speaker veteran communist Somnath Chatterjee, continues to be in a critical state. He is suffering from kidney ailment and was put on ventilator support since Saturday.
The 89-year-old was re-admitted to hospital on August 10 following the slight decline in his health. He is one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India, is not keeping well from the past few months. In July, he was admitted to a private medical center in Kolkata after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
Chatterjee a 10-time Lok Sabha MP, served as the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. He joined the CPM in 1968 and remained its leader till 2008. However, he was expelled from the party outfit after he refused to step down from his position in the Parliament after the CPM withdrew support from the Congress government over the India-US nuclear deal.
From 1971 to 2009 he was Parliament member. He was defeated only once in 1984, against present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.