Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has expressed desire to his aides to resign from the chair without consulting the party functionaries before his party CPI(M) finalises the decision of withdrawing support from UPA government at the Centre.
SOMNATH CHATTERJEE, the speaker of Lok Sabha is mentally prepared to resign at any moment. Absent in New Delhi for a long time, Chatterjee, one of the senior most parliamentarian is now spending his time at Bolpur, his Lok Sabha constituency.
He reportedly expressed his strategic step to his close people to resign at any convenient moment and that too without discussing it with the party functionaries. Sources said that the veteran Leftist said, "Decision will be purely my personal and I need not discuss the thing with anybody."
The reaction is so strong because he is highly perturbed both with his party colleagues and the role of MPs inside the Parliament. Chatterjee who expected a good time in conducting the Parliament session, is believed to have said, " Perhaps the last four years in speaker’s chair is the most unpleasant phase in my life.
I have never felt that the Parliamentarians can be so much crude to politics itself." Without mentioning any party in particular, he has said that a few politicians are just unfit to enter the Parliament and take part in sessions. "I believe that Parliament is the most dignified institution of a democracy. The MPs should have no right to deface its honour.
Unfortunately, they have done it. It is very painful for me," he said. Remembering the role of Hirendranath Mukherjee, Madhu Limaye, Jawarharlal Nehru and other pillars of democracy in saving the dignity of the Indian Parliament, the speaker said, " We have seen them. The history remembers them because of their role inside and outside the Parliament. Now the whole scenario has changed – agonising and dishonourable."
Only a month back, the speaker expressed his will to tender resignation. However, he continued for obvious reasons. But now he is determined.
Political circles however, describe his intention to resign because of his party’s recent role on the issue of civilian nuclear deal with America. They feel that as the Communist Party of India-Marxists (CPI-M) and its allies have decided to withdraw support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, once the Centre finalises the deal, the speakerwants to leave the chair before his party withdraws.
Because CPI(M)’s steps on the issue has not been recognised by a section of party leadership. Political insights of the present Central party functionaries did not work out properly and the way the Congress leadership at the Centre has tackled the situation, the CPI(M)’s strategy has received a major jolt. They did not understand that the Congress could manage the bleak situation so tactfully. This may be of enough personal reservation for the speaker to decide resignation.
However, the political situation in the country is expected to gain more momentum in a few days. One will have to wait for the speaker to act to his own mind.