Hashim Abdul Halim, former speaker of West Bengal assembly passed away on 2 November at the of 80. He was the longest-serving speaker of any Legislative Assembly in India.
He served as the speaker of assemble for 29 years, from 1982 till 2011. Reportedly, he was rushed to a hospital after he complained of respiratory problems.
According to a New Indian Express report, Halim was declared dead at 10 am.
He had also served as the law and justice minister in the state from 1977 to 1982 and was a prominent leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and informed that state Cabinet Minister Patha Chatterjee would be paying the condolences on her behalf.
Speaker Biman Banerjee is paying condolences. As I am not in Kolkata, Partha Chatterjee will be paying condolencesÃ¢ Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 2, 2015