Kolkata: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who was taken to a hospital after he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, is in critical condition. He was admitted to Belle Vue hospital in Kolkata on Monday. “It was a hemorrhagic stroke with a medium size clot, which is ordinary. But it is dangerous for a patient aged 89 years,” news agency ANI quoted hospital sources as saying. The former Communist Party of India (Marxist) member is presently an independent candidate.
Somnath Chatterjee served as Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009. In 2014 too, he had suffered a mild cerebral stroke. Chatterjee had, of late, slammed the State Election Commission (SEC) over the West Bengal Panchayat Elections. “The SEC is not being able to take independent decisions. It should discharge its duties without any influence. But today we can see that it has failed to conduct a peaceful election,’’ Chatterjee had opined.
Chatterjee was expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008 for not putting in his papers as Lok Sabha Speaker. At that time, the CPI(M) had withdrawn its support from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I due to the nuclear deal between India and the United States of America. Prakash Karat was the CPI(M) general secretary.
Chatterjee quit West Bengal Table Tennis Association (WBTTA) president post in May. The veteran leader had given ‘poor health’ as the reason behind his resignation.
“Due to the present condition of my health, it is no longer possible for me to continue as president of WBTTA anymore. Please treat this letter as my letter of resignation..with immediate effect,” he had written in the letter.