Kolkata, Aug 12: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee is ‘stable’ however, he continues to be on ventilator support, the statement released by a private hospital read on Sunday. It also added that he is responding to the treatment.

Chatterjee is undergoing dialysis at the hospital. His heart stopped giving support after he suffered a mild heart attack in the morning. He was later revived. The former Lok Sabha speaker is admitted in the ICCU and is on ventilator.

Eighty-nine-year-old Chatterjee, who is suffering from a kidney-related ailment, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.

Last month, the former speaker had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke.

“He has been under treatment for the past 40 days. Chatterjee was discharged from the hospital just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. However, his condition deteriorated last Tuesday and he had to be hospitalised again,” an official was quoted as saying.

A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI(M), which he had joined in 1968.
He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.

The veteran leader was expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008 for refusing to resign as the Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I government.