Former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran communist leader Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 on Monday at around 8 am at a private hospital in Kolkata. Chatterjee was the speaker of Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009,
Chatterjee, who was also a ten time Lok Sabha MP, had been unwell since June 2018. After he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, the parliamentarian was hospitalized and underwent treatment for 40 days and was later discharged. Chatterjee, who was suffering from a kidney-related ailment, was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata on Tuesday after he suffered a cardiac arrest. His condition worsened on Sunday after he suffered a mild heart attack.
After the politician’s death, condolences poured in from politicians across party lines who hailed Chatterjee as a stalwart of Indian Politics.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House. A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 13, 2018
Former MP and Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics. He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2018
I mourn the passing away of Shri Somnath Chatterjee, 10 term MP and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He was an institution. Greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. My condolences to his family at this time of grief. #SomnathChatterjee
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 13, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing away of former LokSabha Speaker Shri #SomnathChatterjee. My heartfelt condolences to his family members, may god give them strength to bear this loss… May his soul rest in peace.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 13, 2018
Saddened by the demise of veteran parliamentarian & former speaker #SomnathChatterjee. He was respected across party lines and his contribution enriched Indian polity.
Thoughts and prayers with his family.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 13, 2018
I am sorry to know about the sad demise of Shri #SomnathChatterjee. In spite of our ideological differences, we cherished a very cordial relationship. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 13, 2018
Saddened by the demise of former speaker #SomnathChatterjee. India has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, greatly respected and admired across party lines. May His soul rest in peace! Condolences and prayers with his family.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 13, 2018
Extremely saddened to hear about the passing of #SomnathChatterjee, former Speaker – Lok Sabha. He was part of the golden jubilee celebration of Thalaivar Kalaignar in 2007 and was a well-wisher of our party. On behalf of the DMK, I convey our heartfelt condolences to his family.
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 13, 2018
Rest in peace now Somnath da. It was an honour to have known you & to have learnt from you. The Lok Sabha was much the poorer by your absence in recent years. India has lost a parliamentary giant today. #SomnathChatterjee
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 13, 2018
Revolutionary salute to Veteran Left Leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Comrade #SomnathChatterjee. His commitment towards ensuring fair Parliamentary proceedings is an example difficult to match. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.
— Kanhaiya Kumar (@kanhaiyakumar) August 13, 2018