Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker, dies at 89 in Kolkata
New Delhi: Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker passed away at a Kolkata hospital this morning, days after he was admitted with a kidney ailment. He was 89.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist veteran was suffering from kidney ailment and was put on ventilator support on Saturday. His health condition turned critical on Sunday morning.
Chatterjee, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India, was 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.
CPI (M) veteran elected to Lok Sabha for 10 times
Chatterjee, a 10-time Lok Sabha MP, served as the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. He joined the CPI-M in 1968 and remained its leader till 2008.
He was expelled from the political outfit after he refused to step down from his position in the Parliament after the Communist party withdrew support from the Congress government over the India-United States nuclear deal.