Somnath to preside over 2-day LS session

posted under by NSmurthy
New Delhi, July 20: Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, in the eye of a storm over the defiance of his party line to him to quit the post, on Sunday gave no indications of quitting the post, which his party wants, and will preside over the two-day session of the Lok Sabha beginning tomorrow.

Chatterjee has convened a meeting of the floor leaders of different political parties tomorrow morning before the House takes up the trust vote in the Manmohan Singh Ministry in the two-day session.

He has so far parried questions as to what he would do on July 22 when the government seeks the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha by merely remarking "It is a million dollar question".

The Speaker, a CPI-M member from Bolpur in West Bengal, has maintained that he has been elected to the post by all parties and that once in the post he is above party politics.

He is miffed at CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat including his name in the list giving to the President of Left members in Lok Sabha who have withdrawn their to the government.

The Speaker's office had issued a statement saying that he "does not represent any political party in the discharge of his duties and functions.... since his election as Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee has scrupulously kept himself away from all political activities."