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Condolences pour in for former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee

By Madhuri Adnal
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    New Delhi, August 13: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on Monday. He was 89. Chatterjee, who breathed his last at 8:15 AM today was undergoing dialysis in a Kolkata hospital.

    Condolences pour in for Somnath Chatterjee

    [Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89]

    Eighty-nine-year-old Chatterjee, who was suffering from a kidney-related ailment, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. 12-member team of doctors was constantly keeping an eye on the veteran politician.

    [Somnath Chatterjee: The statesman who remained independent in twilight years]

    CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said, "It's a big setback for us. Today, we lost Somnath da around 8.15 am at a private hospital in Kolkata."

    Somnath Chatterjee made Indian democracy richer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today condoling the demise of the former Lok Sabha Speaker. Describing him as a stalwart of Indian politics, the prime minister said, Chatterjee made Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable.

    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and said he was respected by parliamentarians across party lines.

    BJP chief Amit Shah condoled the death of former Somnath Chatterjee, describing him as an excellent parliamentarian. "Saddened to learn about the demise of Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of Lok Sabha," Shah tweeted. "He (Chatterjee) was an excellent Parliamentarian, whose long years as a member of the House, enriched our Parliamentary traditions. My condolences to his family and supporters in this hour of grief," Shah said.

    Former vice president M Hamid Ansari condoled the death of Chatterjee, describing him as a remarkable human being and am eminent Parliamentarian. Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata this morning following multiple organ failure. "I express my deep distress over the passing away of Shri Somnath Chatterjee," Ansari said in a statement. "He was a remarkable human being, an eminent parliamentarian and a very clear headed speaker of the Lok Sabha. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," he said.

    Mamata Banerjee, WB CM said,''His mortal remains will be taken from Belle Vue Clinic to High Court as he was associated with it for quite a long time. From the Court he will be taken to the State Assembly where he will be given the highest state honour. His mortal remains will be kept in the Assembly for a few hours. Then his family will take the mortal remains to their residence from where they will be taken to SSKM Hospital where he had donated his body for medical research.''

    Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) said,''SomnathChatterjee along with many other party leaders had donated his body for medical research. Before that, the mortal remains will be kept at party office where last respects will be paid to him. Then the remains will be taken to West Bengal assembly.''

    ''From West Bengal assembly, the body will be handed over to hospital. The final programme will be decided soon after consulting with his family,'' he also said.

    Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan tears up while talking about #SomnathChatterjee who passed away this morning; says, 'he was like an elder brother to me.'

    Meira Kumar, Former Lok Sabha Speaker said,''I can't believe that he is no more. I knew he is ill but didn't know that this will happen. It is an honour for me that I could sit on the chair (of Lok Sabha Speaker) that he occupied once. He was an amazing person.''

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet said Chatterjee was "..greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines".

    Sorry to hear of the passing away of Shri #SomnathChatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker&a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House. A loss for public life in Bengal&India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers, tweets President Ram Nath Kovind.

    Vice President in a tweet said Chatterjee was always affable & highlighted people's problems.''Saddened by the demise of former LS Speaker, Shri #SomnathChatterjee. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, who was elected to LS 10 times. He was always affable & highlighted people's problems. He firmly stood by the principles he believed in.''

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