Meira not to quit from Congress party

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Meira Kumar - Lok Sabha Speaker
Sasaram (Bihar), Jun 16: Meira Kumar, the newly elected Lok Sabha Speaker said that she would not resign from Congress as suggested by her predecessor Somnath Chatterjee.

"There is no convention that the Speaker should resign from the primary membership of his or her party. I will function with the same impartiality towards Congress and the other parties in the Lok Sabha," she said during her maiden visit to her constituency Sasaram after assuming office on Monday, Jun 16.

She added, "I will not be partisan...I am committed to maintain the glory attached to the constitutional post. Earlier Somnath had made the suggestion during an interview to a news channel, that Speaker's political affiliation should not lead to conflict of interest.

"It is better if a person occupying the Speaker's post resigns from his or her party post during the tenure so that there is no conflict of interest," he had said.

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