Somnath to decide his future as Lok Sabha Speaker: Karat

July 9th, 2008 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee will decide for himself his future following the Left’s withdrawal of support to the government, Marxist leader Prakash Karat said Wednesday. Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), told a news conference: “He will decide for himself and will take a decision.”

Talking to a TV channel earlier, Chatterjee said: “Leave it to me, I am still the speaker.”

Chatterjee became the speaker of the Lok Sabha as the part of an understanding between the Left and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) after the 2004 parliamentary elections.

The four Left parties Wednesday submitted a letter to President Pratibha Patil withdrawing their four-year backing to the government.

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