Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, and Veteran Communist died this morning 8 am in Kolkata. Our sources said that he had been in and out of the hospital for the past two months as he was suffering from multi-organ disorder. He was taken to the private hospital in Kolkata for kidney-treatment on Sunday, soon after that, he suffered from a mild heart attack. Also, last month Somnath suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke.
Our sources have reported that Somnath Chatterjee was in the hospital for the last 40 days and was discharged for three days when his health started showing signs of improvement.
On the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker, PM Modi said, “He was a strong voice for poor and made Parliamentary Democracy richer. My condolences to his family and relatives and anguish by his demise”.
Rahul Gandhi mourns his loss and says, “He was respected and admired by all the parliamentarians. My condolences to the family are grief”.
Talking about his family, Somnath has a wife, a son and a daughter in Kolkata.
Mr.Chatterjee was the member of Communist Party of India for past 40 years and has also represented his party almost 10 times in the Parliament. He was acknowledged as the brilliant party member and was a Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009. He celebrated his 89th birthday on 29th July.
Our sources also said that in his political career, he lost only one election to Mamta Banerjee in 1984 from Jadavpur constituency.
Some time back Chatterjee shared his ‘saddest moment’ when he defied the diktat party in 2008 and the party ordered him to step down from the position of Lok Sabha Speaker and said that he can vote against the government. But Mr. Chatterjee denied doing that because as a speaker he has the independent rights. He was then expelled by the CPM.
In the 1990s Chatterjee received Atal Bihari Vajpayee temper in the Lok Sabha but the very next day Vajpayee apologized Chatterjee and said he is a very good friend of mine and we call him “Somnath Dada”. Somnath, despite ideological persuasion of political leaders, made very good friends.