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.
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 to resign.
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”.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House. A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers #PresidentKovind
President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 13, 2018
“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.
Former MP and Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics. 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.
Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2018
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.
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. #SomnathChatterjee
Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 13, 2018
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Omar Abdullah, Ashok Gehlot, Sushma Swaraj and Dr Harshvardhan were among the political leaders who extended their condolences over Somnath Chatterjeer’s demise.
Saddened by the demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Somnath Chatterjee. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, who was elected to Lok Sabha 10 times. He was always affable and highlighted people’s problems. He firmly stood by the principles he believed in. #Parliament pic.twitter.com/0YLXQByrPH
VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 13, 2018
I am sorry to know about the sad demise of Shri #SomnathChatterjee. In spite of our ideological differences, we cherished a very cordial relationship. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 13, 2018
Rest in peace now Somnath da. It was an honour to have known you & to have learnt from you. The Lok Sabha was much the poorer by your absence in recent years. India has lost a parliamentary giant today. #SomnathChatterjee
Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 13, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing away of former LokSabha Speaker Shri #SomnathChatterjee. My heartfelt condolences to his family members, may god give them strength to bear this loss… May his soul rest in peace.
Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 13, 2018
Indian political landscape would miss the principled, uncompromising & inspiring Communist leader #SomnathChatterjee. He would always be remembered for his non-partisan role as Lok Sabha Speaker. My condolences to his family & scores of followers across the country & abroad. pic.twitter.com/fqHZShUnwZ
Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) August 13, 2018