Speaker bemoans rise of confrontational politics

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New Delhi, Apr 14: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has bemoaned present-day confrontational politics saying that due to a lopsided system honest and well-meaning people were not being allowed to enter politics.

He made the comments during an interaction with Lord Swraj Paul, who called on him at his official residence here yesterday.

Mr Chatterjee also regretted rise of consumerism which he said was endemic in contemporary times.

Both discussed a range of national and international issues afflicting India and the world at large such as terrorism and immigration into the United Kingdom.

Lord Paul, who recently visited West Bengal, praised the pace of industrialisation there, describing his visit to the state as an eye-opener.

"The hard work put in by you as the Chairman of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), is yielding great results," he told the Speaker.

Lord Paul, who visited Bolpur and Shantiniketan, which is being represented by Mr Chatterjee in the Lok Sabha for more than a decade now, said that signs of development were visible everywhere in West Bengal.


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