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Somnath all set to occupy Speaker’s chair

Tuesday 1 June 2004

Somnath Chatterjee is all set to become the first Communist leader to occupy the chair of the Lok Sabha speaker.

New Delhi, June 1 (ANI)

In a bid to reach unanimity on his election, the ruling United Progresssive Alliance has offered the post of Deputy Speaker to the opposition.

"I discussed the issue with senior BJP leader L K Advani and NDA Convener Geoerge Fernandes today. I conveyed the offer of Deputy Speakership to them. They will get back to us," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

However, even as Chatterjee’s election to the post of Speaker now seems certain, the BJP-led NDA says they were not consulted during the process of his selection.

The CPI (M) leader says though he would be in the race even if there was a contest, the opposition to his selection would personally trouble him.

"Personally I would be troubled. It is sad. They should all agree to it, as this is an important post," he added.

Chatterjee said that as the new Speaker his priority would be not only to ensure order and decorum, but also to raise the debating standards in the Lok Sabha.

P.S.

in The New Kerala, Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

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