KOLKATA: Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker, died at 8:15 on Monday morning in Kolkata, say reports. Chatterjee was 89 years old.
Somnath Chatterjee, who was admitted to Belle Vue hospital on August 8, was put on ventilator support after he suffered a heart attack. Doctors had said he was “stable” after being put on ventilator.His condition turned critical on Sunday evening.
Chatterjee had been a Lok Sabha MP 10 times for the CPI(M) before taking up the position of speaker in 2004 after the ascent of the UPA-1 government, which was supported by the Left.
Chatterjee joined the CPI(M) in 1968 and won his first Lok Sabha election from Burdwan in 1971 after the seat fell vacant, ironically, after the death of his father, who was the sitting MP.
In 1996, Mr Chatterjee was one of the first recipients of the newly instituted “Outstanding Parliamentarian” award. Even his critics admitted that he was a good Speaker and a fair umpire.