Somnath Chatterjee, the erstwhile Speaker of Lok Sabha passed away on the morning of Monday, 13 August. He was given a 21 gun salute at the West Bengal assembly. The great leader closed his eyes at the Kolkata Hospital at the age of 89 years.
The dead remains of Chatterjee were taken from Belle Vue Clinic to Calcutta High Court. He had worked at the Calcutta High Court, as an advocate.
Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal asserted, “His mortal remains will be kept in the Assembly for a few hours. Then his family will take the mortal remains to their residence from where they will be taken to SSKM Hospital where he had donated his body for medical research.”
She added, “His mortal remains will be taken from Belle Vue Clinic to High Court as he was associated with it for quite a long time. From the Court, he will be taken to the State Assembly where he will be given the highest state honor.”
Harivansh Narayan Singh, the Chairman of the lower house asserted, “His role as LS speaker & his speeches as a parliamentarian will be an inspiration for coming generations who wish to join politics. Today, when Parliament needs such man of inspiration, his loss is more disheartening.”
Somnath Chatterjee’s death is indeed a great loss for the country.