Mamata raises voice for resignation of CPI(M) MPs
Kolkata, Mar 23 (UNI) Spurred by the resignation of Congress President Sonia Gandhi from the Lok Sabha and National Advisory Council (NAC), Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today demanded resignation of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and seven other CPI(M) MPs who held offices of profit, on moral grounds.
'' These MPs are also enjoying office of profit despite being members of Parliament. They must also resign, otherwise they should be dismissed, '' she said at a hurriedly called press conference.
Even though the CPI(M) claimed that none of the party MPs received any remuneration despite heading several organisations, Ms Banerjee said all of them were enjoying huge facilities by dint of being in the posts.
'' Nothing is politically correct which is morally wrong. If they have sense of morality, they must step down, '' she stated.
Besides Mr Chatterjee, the other MPs against whom Ms Banerjee levelled allegation were Mr Mohammad Salim, Mr Hannan Mollah, Mr Laxman Seth, Mr Amitabha Nandy, Mr Sudhangsu Seal, Mr Swadesh Chakraborty and Mr Bansagopal Choudhury.
Welcoming the resignation of Ms Gandhi, the Trinamool leader said she (Sonia Gandhi) had no option left before her. '' She had no other way. Even if she did not resign on her own she would have to do it at the instance of the Election Commission, '' she said.
However, the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee today said Ms Sonia Gandhi's resignation from the Lok Sabha and National Advisory Council had set an example in the country.
'' What Ms Gandhi had done is a unique exmaple. Never before in the country's political history has anyone made such a sacrifice.
This upoholds the principle of transparency and value that our party stands for and the Opposition should take a lesson out of it, '' PCC president Pradip Bhattacharjee said.
He said Ms Gandhi had already made an exemplary sacrifice by refusing to be Prime Minister after the Congress-led UPA won the last Lok Sabha elections. '' Her latest decision is another testimony to her commitment to values in politics, '' Mr Bhattacharjee said.
While refusing to comment on the issue, veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu only said, '' The law will take its own course. '' BJP vice-president Babulal Marandi welcomed Ms Gandhi's resignation, but termed it as a ''political gimmick''.
'' Ms Gandhi might have realised that she had no other option in the wake of growing demand for her resignation from the Lok Sabha, but to step down with honour, '' he said.
Meanwhile, when contacted, CPI(M) MP Amitabha Nandy said he would not resign from the Lok Sabha and the issue should be settled through discussions in Parliament itself.
Mr Laxman Seth claimed that the legal aspect of the issue was clear to the CPI(M) and it was the party which would take a decision.
Mr Mohammad Salim claimed that the MPs from West Bengal had high moral para metres and it was the collective decision of the party leadership which would take a stand on the issue.
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