Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata after suffering a mild cerebral stroke.
“Chatterjee was admitted at around 8.30 last evening. He suffered a mild cerebral stroke. He has undergone treatment and is presently stable. He is now in the ICU,” senior hospital official P Tandon said.
Presently his condition is stable, he added.
This is second time in the last six months that 85-year- old Chatterjee was hospitalised.
Chatterjee, 85, had served as the Speaker in the Lower House of the Parliament between 2004 and 2009, when the UPA I government was in office. He was also a member of the CPI (M).
In 2008, when the CPI (M) decided to take out support from the UPA government of Manmohan Singh, Chatterjee did not follow the party’s order and decided to perform his duty as the Speaker. He was expelled consequently.
His name was also proposed for the Presidential post by Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress.
He joined CPI (M) in 1968 and was elected Member of Parliament (Lok Shaba) in 1971 for the fifth lok shaba. He gave up politics as the lok shabha speaker and did not contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.