Former MP and Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a condolence message after his death early this morning. Modi has condoled the passing away of former Member of Parliament and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee.
Paying glorious tributes, Modi said that Chatterjee made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise, he said “My thoughts are with his family and supporters.’
Rahul Gandhi said that Chatterjee was an institution. He hailed him as greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. He expressed his deep condolences to his family at this time of grief. Condoling the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called it a great loss.