The Communist Party of India (Marxist) expelled Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s Polit Bureau.
According to a Press Release “The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) has unanimously decided to expel Somnath Chatterjee from the membership of the party with immediate effect. This action has been taken under Article XIX, clause 13 of the Party Constitution for seriously compromising the position of the party.”
Mr. Chatterjee, a ten-time MP, assumed the office of Lok Sabha Speaker after the United Progressive Alliance government came to power in mid-2004. He became the first Communist MP to be elected to the high post.
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