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Communist veteran Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89

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Communist veteran Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89
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Communist Party leader, ten times Lok Sabha MP, former Lok Sabha speaker and one of the longest parliamentarians, Somnath Chaterjee passes away on Monday at the age of 89. He was admitted to a hospital in Kolkata following a kidney related ailment. On Sunday he got a mild heart attack, but was revived soon and was kept in ICCU on ventilation. According to doctors, “Today morning he was undergoing dialysis when his heart stopped and he could not be revived,” said a doctor from Belle Vue Clinic hospital.

Born on July 25, 1929, Chatterjee was a ten-time Lok Sabha MP. He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India. He served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.

Chatterjee joined the CPI(M) in 1968 and remained its leader, until he was expelled from the party in 2008. 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. Chatterjee won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.

Chatterjee preferred to pay for toiletries and tea from his own pocket instead of the general practice of payment from the national exchequer. Year 2008 came as not so good time of his life. He was expelled from his party as he refused to resign from the position of speaker even after the CPI-M withdrew its support from the UPA, making it one of the saddest day in his life. Following this, he retired from the active politics just the year after that in 2009.


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