Irked over the criticism from the Left parties, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday refuted charges by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat that his “support” to the Congress-led government and continuance in the constitutional post were “inter-connected”.
“My attention has been drawn to a statement by Karat in which he has surprisingly imputed certain alleged motives to me for upholding the sanctity of the Office of the Speaker, due to my supposed personal interest, which I strongly deny,” Chatterjee said in a statement.
“I do not wish to make any further comment just now, which may sought to be construed to relate in any way to the ongoing election campaign. However, I reserve my right to deal with the same later at an appropriate time,” the Speaker said.
Karat’s comments had come in the wake of Chatterjee’s dubbing the withdrawal of support to the government by the Left parties as a “mistake”.
Karat had said that “by admitting his pro-Congress stand, Chatterjee has exposed the moral high ground he took that the Speaker is above party politics. His support to the Congress-led government and his continuance as the Speaker are inter-connected.”
Other Left parties had also criticised Chatterjee for his remarks.