Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee died on Monday morning at the age of 89, reports The Times of India.
The veteran parliamentarian suffered a massive heart attack on Monday and breathed his last at 8.10am.
He was admitted to Belle Veu Clinic in Kolkata on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was suffering from a kidney-related ailment.
A ten-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPM, which he had joined in 1968.
He won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996. He was the speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
The veteran leader was expelled from the CPM in 2008 for refusing to resign as the Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I government.
President Ram Nath Kovind said that Chatterjee’s death is a loss for public life in Bengal and India.
Prime minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, mourned the loss of Chatterjee and said that the Indian leader was a stalwart of Indian politics who was a ‘strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable’.
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