New Delhi, 25 July 2022: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla; Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi; Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha Shri Harivansh; Members of Parliament; former Members of Parliament and other dignitaries paid floral tributes at the portrait of Shri Somnath Chatterjee in Parliament House on his birth anniversary today.
The Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Shri Utpal Kumar Singh and Shri P.C. Mody, respectively and officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats also paid floral tributes.
Shri Chatterjee was a multifaceted personality with varied interests that ranged from education and sports to constitutional studies. He was a people’s man in every sense of the term. He combined an unwavering commitment to the basic principles and values of India’s democracy with a rare ability to transcend political divides.
A Member of the Lok Sabha since 1971, Shri Somnath Chatterjee has been a role model for Parliamentarians. A highly accomplished lawyer, a trade unionist, an articulate and effective Parliamentarian, a leader of stature, and later the Speaker of the world’s largest democracy, he inspired believers in democracy across the world. Throughout his public life, he had been infusing a sense of respect among the people in the institutions of democracy and thereby sustaining the people’s faith in them. Shri Chatterjee remained Lok Sabha Speaker from 04 June 2004 to 31 May 2009.