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Somnath Chatterjee, Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Dies At 89

Somnath Chatterjee, Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Dies At 89: Reports are coming that the former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, passed away today on the morning by following a multi-organ failure at a city hospital. You all may know that he was 89 and was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic last Tuesday following a kidney related ailment.  After that, on Sunday he suffered a heart attack and was put on ventilator support. Pradip Tandon, CEO of Belle Vue Clinic, said, “He passed away at 8.15 am today due to multi-organ failure.”

You all may know that he was earlier admitted to the nursing home on June 25 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Somnath Chatterjee underwent treatment for 40 days and was discharged just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. Even though he has re-admitted after his condition deteriorated last Tuesday. If we talk about his work then we can say that Chatterjee was the Speaker in the first five-year term (2004-2009) of the United Progressive Alliance government.

You all should know that he was elected to Parliament’s Lower House for ten times since 1971. Also, as per the officials, he was expelled from the CPM in July 2008 for refusing to resign as Speaker after his party CPM withdrew support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He was born in 1929 in Tezpur, Assam and he completed his education at Mitra Institution School, Presidency College and then the University of Calcutta in Calcutta.

Some of may know that he also attended the Jesus College, Cambridge and graduating with a BA in 1952 and an MA in 1957, both in Law. Somnath Chatterjee was awarded an honorary fellowship by the college in 2007. Later he joined CPM in 1968 and was a member till his expulsion in 2008. Overall, his whole life was a very hardworking story and we would love to update this article, after getting enough information about his funeral.