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Congress wants Speaker to continue

July 23, 2008 19:53 IST
Last Updated: July 23, 2008 19:55 IST

The Congress hinted that it would like Somnath Chatterjee [Images] to continue as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha even after his expulsion from the CPI-M.

"He does not belong to any party as he lost his party affiliation after being elected as a Speaker. There is no question of a new Speaker," said Congress Spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan.

She said Chatterjee was elected as a Speaker not by the Congress but by the UPA, and was supported by the entire House.

Replying to a volley of questions on the expulsion of the Speaker from his party, Natarajan said it was internal matter of the party and she had no comments on it.

"This has no bearing on his continuation," she said. Natarajan complimented Chatterjee for being an excellent Speaker in the last over four years. "He has been an exceptionally good Speaker," she said.

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