Somnath Chatterjee passes away

Outstanding Parliamentarian and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 years in a Kolkata hospital. He breathed his last at 8.15 am today. Thee hospital issued a statement,”Today morning he was undergoing dialysis when his heart stopped and he could not be revived.”

Chatterjee, who was suffering from a kidney-related ailment, was admitted to the hospital last week. He suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday morning, but was revived. He was in ICU and was put on ventilation. Chatterjee was re admitted to hospital on August 10 following kidney ailments.

A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPM, which he had joined in 1968. He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. He was decorated with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.

The veteran leader was expelled from the CPM in 2008 for refusing to resign as the Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I government.

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