Congress finds fault with CPI(M) for including Speaker's name

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New Delhi, July 15 (UNI) The Congress today criticised the CPI(M) for submitting to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil a list including the name of Speaker Somnath Chatterjee along with other MPs of the Left Parties who withdraw support to the Government.

"This is atrocious," AICC General Secretary in charge of media Veerappa Moily told mediapersons.

Maintaining that the Speaker's post was 'party-less', he asked : "What kind of sanctity do they give to the Constitutional position such as Speaker ?" "The CPI(M) and its General Secretary Prakash Karat would regret one day or the other for doing this," he said.

He also termed 'unfortunate" the statement of Mr Karat that "Comrade Somnath Chatterjee would take his own decision (on resigning from the Speaker's post)." Asked if there was anything wrong in addressing the Speaker as a 'comrade," Mr Moily asked "what is wrong (in it)?" UNI SH RL CS1652

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