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I won't resign: Somnath Chatterjee

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 29, 2006 18:57 IST

Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee rejected the Bhartiya Janata Party's demand for his resignation, since his name also figures in the list of those Members of Parliament who hold an office of profit besides.

Speaking to the press atRashtrapati Bhavan after the Padma awards ceremony, Chatterjee said, "Why should I resign? Let someone file a petition and then Iwill prove beyond doubt that as chairman of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, I have not made any money. If I had resigned it would have amounted to acceptance of a sense of guilt."

Did he also mean that Sonia Gandhi should not have resigned? "MrsGandhi is here and you should ask her this question," he said.

However, Chatterjee felt that the matter needs to be sorted out soon. "The media has also contributed a lot to the controversy. Just because you are holding another office does not mean that you are making money for yourself. These are public service offices," he said.

Chatterjee denied the BJP's allegation that he had bailed out Sonia Gandhi by accepting her resignation within hours of its submission.

"Where is the question of bailing her out? I am constitutionally obliged to do that. I had accepted the resignation of P A Sangma some time back and I have done the samein her case" he said.

Chatterjee refused to comment, however, on whether the clause 'office of profit' should be abolished."I would not like to say anything. The law should be uniformally applied. If it is barred, then no MP or MLA should be allowed to hold any office of profit," he said.

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Number of User Comments: 5




Sub: Observation

Mr. Somnath Chatterjee is right in saying that laws should equally apply on all MPs/ MLAs. The supreme law of land (art 102(1)(a))is crystal clear. ...


Posted by U.B.SINGH





Sub: Somnath Da, a request

Why Somnath Chatterjee did not and does not utter single word for the tainted MPs with confirmed dubious character. Somnathda feels insulted to face judiciary ...


Posted by AMARESH CHOWDHURY





Sub: Shree Somanath Chatterjee must also go

Shree Somanath Chatterjee, the speaker of our lok sabha must resign,whether he has made money or not,he has been associted with the office of profit, ...


Posted by M C Lal





Sub: True communist

Truly communist. Preasch truth, justice etc but do the reverse. All communist should be proud of Somnath. A true representative of India left.


Posted by tjain





Sub: Speaker rules out resignation

What else can you expect from these two-faced hypocrites, who seek power for power's sake, only.


Posted by labrea




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