Somnath Chatterjee’s death – An End Of An Era
The whole nation is under heavy remorse as the former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee who was suffering from a kidney-related ailment passed away. The Eighty-nine-year-old former 10 times Lok Sabha MP has been seriously ill since June and was on ventilation life support until he took his last breaths on Monday morning at Belle Veu Clinic in Kolkata.
Mr. Chatterjee has been ill for the past year as he had been struggling with a kidney related issue. He suffered a mild heart attack on 28 June, but he made it out successfully and was recovering. He also suffered a hemorrhagic stroke last month which also made his condition worse. He has been on dialysis since then. He was kept in ICCU under the constant guidance of the doctors. But when the cardiac arrest hit him Monday morning, unfortunately, he could not make it.
Reactions to the loss:
Many political leaders including the president and prime minister have shown remorse on the death of this great parliament legend.
Prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi mourned and tweeted “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.”
The present chief minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee said it was “A great loss for us all”. Saddened at the passing away of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath (Da) Chatterjee. My condolences to his family and admirers. This is a great loss for us all”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also tweeted about Somnath Chatterjee’s death “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.“
The making of a Legend:
Apart from being former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee was a lawyer, politician, a parliamentarian and a longtime senior official in the Communist Party of India or commonly known as CPI(M). He began his political career after he successfully ran for a Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal constituency in the year 1971 and the rest is history. He was an excellent spokesman and was known for his many eloquent speeches both in and out of the parliament house. His zeal and hard work lead him to be one of the noblest members of the Indian parliament and was honored with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996. His autobiography “Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian” was published in 2010.