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I will continue as MP and Speaker, says Somnath

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) Unfazed by criticism, Mr Somnath Chatterjee today made it clear that he would continue to discharge his obligations as an MP and Speaker in the Lok Sabha, and blamed ''some disgruntled persons'' for insinuating and levelling baseless allegations against him about an holding office of profit.

''On mere baseless allegations and insinuations and on the basis of reckless tantrums of some disgruntled persons, I shall not refuse to discharge my obligations as a Member of Parliament, to which my voters have sent me and also my duties as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, to which I have the honour of having been unanimously elected,'' the Speaker said in a statement issued here.

Without naming Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, Mr Chatterjee said, ''presumably such insinuation is made on the pretended complaint of the Trinamool Congress in a letter addressed to the respected Rashtrapatiji that as the Chairman of the Sriniketan Shantiniketan Development Authority (SSDA) and as the supposed President of of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, I am allegedly holding office of profit.'' ''I am convined factually and legally and I assert with all the emphasis at my command that I am not holding any office of profit as the Chairman SSDA and I do not enjoy any profit as Chairman,'' the Speaker said, adding, ''The decisions of the courts and references to the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification Act, 1959, will clearly establish the baselessness of the pretended complaint against me.'' MORE UNI YS LR DB1817

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