New Delhi, August 13: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private Kolkata hospital following multiple organ failure on Monday morning. The 89 years old leader breathed his last at 8:15 AM today. Chatterjee was critical following the heart attack he suffered on Sunday. He was also suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the clinic in a critical condition on August 7.
Leaders from across the political spectrum took to micro-blogging site Twitter to mourned the death of CPI(M) patriarch.
Terming him a stalwart of Indian politics, PM Modi said,”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.”
Expressing grief over his demise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said,”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.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet said,”Extremely sad news about Somnath Chatterjee ji. One of the greatest parliamentarians of contemporary times he will always be missed by this country. He will be remembered among the greatest Lok Sabha Speakers India ever had.”
Senior Congress leader, Ashok Gehlot said,”Deeply saddened by the passing away of former Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee. My heartfelt condolences to his family members, may god give them strength to bear this loss… May his soul rest in peace.”
“I am sorry to know about the sad demise of Shri Somnath Chatterjee. In spite of our ideological differences, we cherished a very cordial relationship. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
NC leader and former Jammu and Kashmir also expressed his condolences to the former Lok Sabha speaker saying,”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.”