Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away

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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata today after he suffered hemorrhagic stroke last month.

He was under treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata for a kidney-related ailment, and his condition had deteriorated in the past few days.

Mourning over his demise, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted, “He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters.”

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi too expressed grief saying, “He was an institution. Greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. My condolences to his family at this time of grief.”

Somnath Chatterjee had been Lok Sabha MP 10 times and had joined CPI (M) in the year 1968.

However, he had to lose the membership of the party for declining to quit as the speaker of the Lower House after CPI(M) withdrew support from the UPA I over the Indo-US nuclear deal 2008.