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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes awayFormer Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away following multi-organ failure in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 89. He was Speaker of Lok Sabja (House of the People) in first five-year term (2004-2009) of United Progressive Alliance Government.
He was born in 1929 in Tezpur, Assam. He was educated at Mitra Institution School, Presidency College and then University of Calcutta in Calcutta. He also attended Jesus College, Cambridge and graduating with BA in 1952 and an MA in 1957, both in Law.
He was awarded honorary fellowship by college in 2007. He was called to bar from Middle Temple in London and took up legal practice as advocate at Calcutta High Court before joining active politics. He joined Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in 1968 and was member till his expulsion in 2008.
He was elected to Lok Sabja (Parliament’s Lower House) for ten times since 1971 (except once when he lost to Mamata Banerjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in 1984). He was expelled from CPM in July 2008 for refusing to resign as Speaker after his party withdrew support from UPA government.
Congress leader and former Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 14th Puducherry legislative Assembly.
Besides, pro-tem Speaker VP Shivakozhuthu was declared elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker.
V. Vaithilingam had served Chief Minister of the Union Territory twice. For first time he was in office from 1991 to 1996 and for second time again from 2008-2011. He was the second youngest Chief Minister and the first Chief Minister of Puducherry to serve the full five-year term till date.
Earlier in May 2016, Congress-DMK alliance had emerged victorious in 2016general elections. The alliance had won 17 seats (Congress: 15; DMK:2) in the 30 member Territorial Assembly.