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Veteran Politician Somnath Chatterjee Passes Away at 89

India | PTI | August 13, 2018, 11:35 am
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 Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata on Monday morning. He was 89 years old. (Image: PTI)

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away in Kolkata on Monday morning. He was 89 years old. (Image: PTI)

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 Chatterjee passed away at around 8:15 am after his condition deteriorated following Sunday's

Chatterjee passed away at around 8:15 am after his condition deteriorated following Sunday's "mild heart attack", said a hospital official from Belle Vue Clinic hospital where the former CPI(M) leader was undergoing treatment. (Image: Reuters)

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 He was suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday last. (Image: PTI)

He was suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday last. (Image: PTI)

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 He was in the ICCU and had been put on ventilator. Last month, the former speaker had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. (Image: Reuters)

He was in the ICCU and had been put on ventilator. Last month, the former speaker had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. (Image: Reuters)

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 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. (Image: Reuters)

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. (Image: Reuters)

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

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

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 Leaders from across the political spectrum mourned his death. (Image: AFP)

Leaders from across the political spectrum mourned his death. (Image: AFP)

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 Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and late DMK leader M. Karunanidhi in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on completion of 50 years of the latter as a legislator, in Chennai. Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 at a private hospital following multiple organ failure on Monday, August 13, 2018. (Image: PTI)

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and late DMK leader M. Karunanidhi in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on completion of 50 years of the latter as a legislator, in Chennai. Chatterjee passed away at the age of 89 at a private hospital following multiple organ failure on Monday, August 13, 2018. (Image: PTI)

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