The former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 in Kolkata. The speaker was a former member of CPI and was in and out of the hospital for the past 2 days. The cause of death is a stroke in the Kolkata hospital.
Early Life of Somnath Chatterjee
Somnath Chatterjee (25 July 1929 – 13 August 2018) was an Indian politician. He was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for most of his life, though he had been a non affiliated independent during his last decade. He served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha (House of the People) from 2004 to 2009.
Somnath Chatterjee was born in Tezpur, Assam. His father, Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, was a prominent lawyer, intellectual, and nationalist around the time of India’s independence. Somnath was educated at Mitra Institution School, Presidency College and then the University of Calcutta in Calcutta. He also attended Jesus College, Cambridge and graduating with a B.A. in 1952 and a M.A. in 1957, both in law. Somnath has also been awarded an honorary fellowship by the college in 2007. He was called to the bar from the Middle Temple in London. There he took up legal practice as an advocate at the Calcutta High Court before joining active politics.
Poiltical Career of Somnath Chatterjee
Somnath remained as the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009. Somnath Chatterjee was a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for 40 years since 1968. He has represented the party 10 times in parliament, and was acknowledged as one of its most brilliant ever. In his whole career, he has lost only one election in Jadavpur against Mamata Banerjee. CPI (M) withdrew its support for the United Progressive Alliance-led government in mid-2008. The party included Chatterjee’s name on its list of MPs who were withdrawing their support from the government, despite his non-partisan position as Speaker. According to Somnath Chatterjee, the expulsion was one of the saddest thing in his life. He Suggested that future speakers should also resign from the political parties.
Chatterjee died on 13th August, 2018 suffering a heart attack, in a private hospital at Kolkata.