It is not clear whether Somnath Chatterjee, the Speaker
of India's Lok Sabha (Lower House of
the Parliament) might resign. He met with CPM veteran leader Jyoti Basu who is
trying to persuade him to resign and not to defy the party.
The UPA government faces no confidence vote on July 22.
Chatterjee being a member of the CPM, is expected to go by the party decision
to vote against the government. Therefore, the party wants Chatterjee to resign
and vote against the government.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
also met with CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu ahead of the July 22 no confidence
vote in the Lok Sabha and explained to him circumstances that led to break-up
of the UPA-Left coalition.