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  • Somnath Chatterjee’s family refused to drape his body in CPI (M) colours, read why

    Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s family rejected the proposal of CPI (M) to drape his body in party flag and take his body to party headquarters for people to pay their last respects. But his family opted to drape his body in flag of Mohun Bagan, India’s oldest football club of which he was a member for about half a century, was placed on his body in his south Kolkata residence.

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    A Marxist abandoned by his party

    For long, the voice of Opposition, Somnath Chatterjee, was the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one who defied his party and refused to quit the post over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, leading to his expulsion from the CPI-M. From championing the cause of the downtrodden as one of India’s finest parliamentarians and barristers, and settling effortlessly into the role of wooing investors to industry-dry West Bengal, Chatterjee

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    Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee loved to take fellow MPs to task

    New Delhi: Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here on Monday morning following multiple organ failure. He was 89. The 10-time Lok Sabha MP is survived by his wife Renu, a son and two daughters. Somanth’s strict conduct of proceedings in the Lok Sabha had earned him the sobriquet of ‘headmaster’ and his admonitions for unruly members came to be widely quoted and became

  • Somnath Chatterjee tribute: A distinguished Parliamentarian who wore many hats

    Kolkata: An outstanding parliamentarian, Somnath Chatterjee was the first communist in the country to don the role of a Speaker. Chatterjee, who had been associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for most part of his life, leaves behind an imprint as one of the most illustrious speakers of the Lok Sabha.

  • Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away at 89

    Kolkata/New Delhi: Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here this morning following multiple organ failure, a senior hospital official said. He was 89 and survived by wife, a son and two daughters. Chatterjee passed away at around 8.15 am after his condition deteriorated following yesterday’s “mild heart attack”, the official said.

  • Somnath to be back in CPM soon

    New Delhi: Seven years after his expulsion, veteran Marxist and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee is likely to be reinducted into the CPI(M) shortly.

  • Restoring democracy in Bengal a second freedom struggle: Somnath Chatterjee

    Kolkata :  Expressing deep anguish over ‘trampling of democracy’ in West Bengal, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Thursday urged people to build up a movement for restoration of their rights, and called it a ‘second struggle for independence’.

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    Somnath Chatterjee drowsy but stable

    Kolkata: The condition of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee admitted to a private hospital after suffering a cerebral stroke was stable, though he continues to be drowsy, doctors said Tuesday.

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    Former Speaker comes to Ganguly’s defence

    Kolkata :  Even as the BJP and the Trinamool Congress stepped up their demand for resignation of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman Ashok Ganguly, he refused to oblige and in fact received a shot in the arm from former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.