Indian Parliament Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee has answered various
charges against him by the CPM which expelled him for refusing to step down as
He has said, he would have violated the spirit of the Indian
Constitution if he had bowed down to the dictate of the party. He said, the
Speaker is not supposed to be guided by the wishes of a political party.
also made an important suggestion that all future Speakers should
temporarily resign membership from their parties to avoid
similar questions regarding a Speaker`s primary allegiance.
Gautam Gupta has more on the story.