Chatterjee’s continuance immoral, says Mamata BanerjeeJuly 20th, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress Sunday termed as immoral Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s continuance in the post even after his Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. “The speaker’s decision to stick to his post is immoral,” Trinamool chief Banerjee told reporters at her residence here.
She said Chatterjee was planning to continue till July 23, so as to give his casting vote in the July 22 Lok Sabha confidence motion.
Banerjee also asked how Chatterjee planned to lead a parliamentary delegation to a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) meet in Kuala Lumpur next month.
“He has to remain speaker to lead the delegation,” she said.
The CPI-M has been put in an embarrassing position as Chatterjee has reportedly refused to heed his party’s advice to step down from the speaker’s post after the Left withdrew support to the government.
While Chatterjee said the speaker’s office was above party politics, CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said the talk of speaker having nothing to do with politics was “hypocritical”.
The CPI-M central committee, which met in Delhi Saturday and Sunday, asked the politburo to deal with the issue of his resignation from the post.
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