Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee critical

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee critical

KOLKATA: The health condition of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee continues to be in a critical state.

The CPM veteran is suffering from kidney ailment and was put on ventilator support on Saturday.

The 89-year-old was readmitted to hospital on August 10 following a slight decline in his health.

Chatterjee was admitted to a private medical center in Kolkata after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.

A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee is currently an independent candidate. He served as the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. He joined the CPM in 1968 and remained its leader till 2008.

He was expelled from the party after he refused to step down from his position in Parliament after the Communist party withdrew support to the UPA government over the India-US nuclear deal.

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