Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee died at a hospital in Kolkata today. The veteran leader was 89.
Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital on August 10 due to kidney ailments. He was on life support ever since.
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Somnath Chatterjee was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004-2009 under the UPA government. After CPI (M) withdrew its support from the UPA government owing to the India-US nuclear deal Somnath Chatterjee was asked to resign as Speaker. He was expelled from the CPI (M) in 2008 after he refused.
Politicians, leaders condoled the veteran leader’s death.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind said that Somnath Chaterjee’s death is a “loss for public life in Bengal and India”.
“He made our parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable,” PM Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condoled the veteran leader death. “I mourn the passing away of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, 10 term MP and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He was an institution. Greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. My condolences to his family at this time of grief,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Omar Abdullah, Ashok Gehlot, Sushma Swaraj and Harsh Vardhan were among the political leaders who extended their condolences over Somnath Chatterjeer’s demise.