Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Passes Away

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Kolkata: In a shocking news, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on Monday morning in Kolkata at the age of 89. He was admitted to the Belle Vue on August 8 due to kidney ailment. He was put on ventilator support after he suffered a heart attack. He turned critical on Sunday morning.

He was suffering for few months and was undergoing dialysis.

The veteran speaker had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. After improving, he was discharged but again he fell sick after three days and had to be hospitalised again.

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“In such cases it happens at times that the heart stops giving support. Chatterjee suffered a mild heart attack this morning, but was revived. He is in the ICU and is responding to treatment,” a news agency quoted a doctor as saying.

A 10-time member of the Loksabha, was expelled from the CPM in 2008 after the Left Front withdrew support from the government over the India-US nuclear deal.

The party wanted Mr Chatterjee to step down as the Speaker and vote against the government during the trust vote.

But Mr Chatterjee had refused to resign, maintaining that as Speaker, he was above partisanship and party politics.