On Saturday, Aug 21, Manmohan Singh released former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee's autobiography, 'Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a parliamentarian'. The autobiography describes Chatterjee's views on the bitter period in his last days of his parliamentary career. He described that the Congress' resolve to operationalise the nuclear deal irked Karat.
"It seemed that Karat had decided that the Prime Minister and the UPA chairperson had to be taught a lesson for the 'insult' meted out to him," writes Chatterjee in the chapter 'The Expulsion: A Great Shock'.
"I feel that the supposed 'affront' to Karat by the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson had upset him so much that he did not or could not objectively consider the consequences of his decision to withdraw support to the government," he added.