Former Lok Sabha Speaker and expelled member of the CPM, Somnath Chatterjee passed away on Monday morning at around 8 am in Kolkata’s hospital. He had been in and out of hospital since June-end suffering a stroke. He was also suffering from kidney related ailments and old age complications, said Suranjan Ghosh, General Manager of Belle Vue Clinic.
Mr. Chatterjee was on life support since the last five days after he was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata. He suffered a heart attack on Sunday. He also suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in June earlier and was admitted for more than a month for the treatment.
Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Chatterjee was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for 40 years since 1968, represented the party 10 times in parliament, and was acknowledged as one of its most brilliant ever.
In his long political career, he never lost the election except one to Mamta Banerjee from the Jadavpur Constituency in 1984.
Mamta Banerjee was shocked and saddened to his demise and tweeted, “Saddened the passing away of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath (Da) Chatterjee. My condolences to his family and admirers. This is a great loss for all of us”.
CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said, “It’s a big setback for us. Today, we lost Somnath da around 8.15 am at a private hospital in Kolkata”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed his condolence to Chatterjee's demise and described him as a "strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable."
Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolence over the sad news.