- Category: Indian Politics
- Last Updated: Monday, 13 August 2018 12:07
Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, Dies at 89
The Communist Party of India(Marxist) veteran was suffering from a massive heart attack and was put on ventilator support on Saturday. He suffered a hemorrhagic strokein July. He was suffering from a kidney related ailment.
A 12-member team of doctors was keeping a constant watch on a veteran politician, an official said.
Born on July 25, 1929, Chatterjee was a ten-time Lok SabhaMP. He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India. He served as the Speakerof the Lok Sabhafrom 2004 to 2009. Chatterjee won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.
Chatterjeejoined the CPI(M) in 1968 and remained its leader until he was expelled from the party in 2018. He had refused to step down from his position in Parliament after CPI(M) withdrew its support from the United Progressive Alliance-led government over the India-US nuclear deal.