Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Bannerjee, who announced her resignation from the Lok Sabha in Kolkata on Saturday, is believed to have sent her quit letter to the Prime Minister, with a copy marked to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
"How can the Speaker take note of a letter which is marked to the PM?’’ asked a source, referring to Mamata's reported move to quit the Lok Sabha in protest at the latest spurt of violence in Nandigram. According to rules, a member has to send his or her resignation letter to the Speaker. Chatterjee, on his part, has made it a practice that when he gets such a letter he calls the MP in question to verify the authenticity of the letter and find out whether the member is still firm on quitting.
But in merely sending to Chatterjee a copy of her resignation letter addressed to the PM, Mamata has for the second time not observed the format required for resigning her seat. In August 2005, upset that she was not being allowed to raise in the House, the issue of alleged irregularities in the voters’ list in the state, she chucked some papers at the Chair, announced her decision to quit the House and sent her resignation letter to Deputy Speaker CS Atwal.
Chatterjee had at that time rejected the "resignation" on grounds of form. For one, it was addressed to the Deputy Speaker and delivered at the Speaker’s office through a marshal and secondly, it was not unconditional as it should have been. Mamata said she was resigning as she wasn't allowed to speak.
In December 2006, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had to rewrite his resignation letter when he cited moral grounds for resigning following his conviction in a 1988 road rage case.