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West Bengal Assembly pays homage to veteran leaders

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The on Thursday paid homage to former Vajpayee, former Somnath Chatterjee, and former of the Opposition in the state,

Mamata Banerjee, who shared a cordial relationship with the three politicians, especially Vajpayee, is currently on an administrative tour to the districts and was not present in the Assembly.

was the in Vajpayee's government,

State ministers Chandrima Bhattacharya, Firhad Hakim, and BJP's state were among those who paid homage to the departed leaders.

Ghosh recalled his first meeting with Vajpayee during a party rally in and how the former PM had handled a situation with his wit.

Vajpayee passed away in August this year at the age of 93. He was the first non-to complete his five-year term.

Satgachia MLA recollected meeting Somnath Chatterjee, a ten-time and former of the Lok Sabha, who too passed away in August. Guha described the meeting as an "experience of a lifetime".

The veteran Marxist was expelled from the CPI(M) after he refused to quit the post of of the Lok Sabha following the party's withdrawal of support to the then government over its plans to sign a nuclear deal with the US.

Hakim said that the passing away of the three leaders created a void that would be very difficult to fill.

Hakim also paid homage to and acknowledged his immense contribution to the Trinamool

Pankaj Banerjee, the former of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, was a founding member of the Trinamool He passed away in October this year.

After became the biggest opposition party in 2001, Banerjee became the Leader of the Opposition, a post he served till 2006.

Banerjee, however, had announced his retirement from in 2006.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:55 IST