Manmohan Singh said Chatterjee showed that he loved his party, but the party was not above these constitutional values. “Such was the man who presided over Lok Sabha,” Singh said at a condolence meeting for Chatterjee, held at the India International Centre.
In 2010, former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu's body was also donated for medical research to the hospital, as per an oath taken by him on April 4, 2003. His eyes had been harvested soon after his death.
At a time when we look for personalities who rise over partisan views and party affiliations at the constitutional posts, the demise of Somnath Chatterjee, the 14th Speaker of Lok Sabha, is a grave loss.
Somnath Chatterjee appealed to MPs: "I want this institution, which I have been associated with for nearly 40 years to function and for democracy to be strengthened. I am going back with a lot of pain and agony from this House."