New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on Monday morning. He was 89.
Chatterjee, born on July 25, 1929 was a ten-time Lok Sabha MP. He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India and served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
His political career for almost 40 years. Chatterjee joined the CPI(M) in 1968 and remained its leader until he was expelled from the party in 2008.
His expulsion came in the wake of his refusal to step down from his position in Parliament after CPI(M) withdrew its support from the United Progressive Alliance-led government over the India-US nuclear deal.
He also won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.
He lost only one election in his lifetime - to Mamata Banerjee from the Jadavpur constituency in 1984.