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Somnath Chatterjee to pen his "khatta-meetha" memoirs

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2009 16:36 IST

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Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, the only presiding officer who has been expelled by his parent party, will pen his "khatta-meetha (sour and sweet)" memoirs.

The 79 year old veteran parliamentarian on Wednesday said he planned to write a book when his term as the custodian of the Lok Sabha ends soon. Chatterjee has already announced that he would not be contesting elections again.

Asked to sum up his "khatta-meetha" experience as the Presiding Officer of the Lok Sabha the term of which ends in May, Chatterjee told reporters "khali meetha hone sey achcha nahin lagta hai (only sweet is not good).

"Thoda khatta bhi achcha lagta hai kabhi kabhi (at times sour is also good)," he said adding that he would soon write about it.

Chatterjee was expelled from the CPI(M) as he refused to quit the Speaker's post despite a directive from the party which asked him to demit office after withdrawing support to the UPA on issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal. Chatterjee had contended that he has been elected by all parties.

In a lighter vein, the Speaker hoped that mediapersons buy his book.