Somnath Chatterjee

  • Parliament uproar a matter of gravest concern: Somnath Chatterjee 13-02-2014 10:15 PM

    It was a day of the unthinkable as Congress MP Lagdapati Rajagopal used pepper spray while TDP MP Venugopal Reddy allegedly brandished a knife inside the Lok Sabha. Reacting on the unruly scenes, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that such incidents were a matter of gravest concern. "It...
  • Somnath defends Justice Ganguly, says let the charges be proved 10-12-2013 10:34 PM

    Kolkata: Even as political pressure grows on former SC judge AK Ganguly to step down from his post heading the West Bengal Human Rights commission over allegations of sexual harassment, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee defended him and said that the allegations are yet to be proved. Somnath said...
  • Proper respect should be shown to the national song: Somnath Chatterjee 09-05-2013 04:08 PM

    Reacting to the controversy stirred by BSP MP Shafiqur Rahman Burq, who walked out of the Lok Sabha while Vande Mataram was being played, former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said as an MP it is his responsibility to respect the national song. ...
  • Delhi braveheart's death a national tragedy: Somnath Chatterjee 29-12-2012 01:04 PM

    India on Saturday mourned the death of the 23-year-old Delhi braveheart who was brutally gangraped and assaulted with an iron rod by six men aboard a moving bus in the national capital on December 16. ...
  • Somnath defends UPA's Lokpal stand in RS 30-12-2011 06:54 PM

    New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has defended the Government's decision to avoid voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition and the Trinamool Congress joined hands to stall the Bill. "Those who did not allow Parliament to function for days in and days...
  • MPs should have contacted police: Somnath 06-09-2011 05:09 PM

    New Delhi: Reacting to the arrests of Rajya Sabha MP and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora in the cash-for-votes scam, the then Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said, "What happened on July 23 was bad and serious. It's...
  • Anna's protest undemocratic: Somnath Chatterjee 22-08-2011 08:16 AM

    In an exclusive interview ex-Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that Manmohan Singh is an honest man. ...
  • Heads must roll for poll debacle, says Somnath 18-05-2011 11:43 AM

    Kolkata: Veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Somnath Chatterjee says that the disconnect between the Left Front and the people of West Bengal led to the Assembly poll debacle. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Priyanka Gupta, Chatterjee said that Left leaders should take responsibility for the rout that resulted in...
  • Mamata disastrous for West Bengal: Somnath 27-04-2011 12:16 PM

    Expelled CPM leader Somanth Banerjee speaks to CNN-IBN about which party is better for West Bengal. ...
  • WB: Buddha welcomes Somnath to campaign trail 24-04-2011 05:02 PM

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday welcomed expelled CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee for campaigning for the Left Front in the Assembly polls, but remained non-committal about his immediate re-induction into the party. "It is good that Somnath Chatterjee is campaigning. It is a big help to the...
  • Somnath questions PM's statement on Bengal 24-04-2011 12:38 PM

    Kolkata: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement about 'deterioration' of the standard of education in Bengal, and said the literacy rate was higher than that of the national average. The expelled CPM leader, who hit the campaign trail for his erstwhile party...
  • WB poll: 2nd phase begins; CPM ropes in Somnath 23-04-2011 08:01 AM

    Kolkata: In the second phase of the assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, 50 constituencies with 93 lakh voters to caste their votes at 11,531 polling stations across three districts. After a record 84.11 per cent turnout in the first phase, politicians are hoping Murshidabad, Birbhum and Nadia do...
  • Vote for Left Front in WB, appeals Somnath 20-04-2011 03:54 PM

    Kolkata: He was expelled from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) three years ago, but former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has appealed to voters to return the Left Front to power in the ongoing West Bengal polls. Chatterjee was the first signatory in a campaign leaflet distributed with Wednesday...
  • Somnath free to campaign for Left in WB: Bose 17-04-2011 03:49 PM

    Kolkata: Left Front chairman Biman Bose on Sunday said that former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who was expelled from CPM, was free to campaign for LF candidates, while defending the charges made by CPM leader Gautam Deb against opposition TMC and its supreme Mamata Banerjee. "If anybody takes a...
  • WB polls: Somnath gets campaign call from CPM 14-04-2011 04:43 PM

    Kolkata: Senior West Bengal Minister Gautam Deb on Thursday claimed that expelled CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee will address an election rally in his constituency, but the former Lok Sabha speaker said he is yet to take a final decision. "For the last couple of days, Deb has been requesting me...
  • WB: Somnath Chatterjee's good wishes for CPM 12-04-2011 11:03 AM

    Kolkata: Despite his expulsion from CPM three years ago, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee still has a soft corner for the party and wished the Left Front success in the coming West Bengal assembly polls. "There is still no alternative to the Left Front led by CPM and it...
  • Cash-for-votes: panel recommended further probe 17-03-2011 10:52 PM

    New Delhi: The parliamentary committee set up to inquire into the cash-for vote sting in Lok Sabha submitted its report in December 2008. The panel headed by Kishore Chandra Deo had recommended further investigation. A CNN-IBN sting operation on the eve of the crucial confidence vote in July 2008 exposed...
  • Need proof of WikiLeaks allegations: Somnath 17-03-2011 10:32 PM

    Somnath Chatterjee said that investigations should be held in refernce to WikiLeaks allegations as it is a very serious thing to happen. ...
  • Somnath slams MPs for demanding pay hike 23-08-2010 01:15 PM

    New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Monday appealed to Members of Parliament not to sully the image of elected representatives on the issue of salary hike. Speaking to CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, Somnath said that a pay commission should be set up to decide the salaries...
  • Didn't mean to target Karat in my book: Somnath 05-08-2010 09:17 AM

    In a Face The Nation special, Sagarika Ghose speaks to former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on his latest book. ...
  • Left will play an important role in Polls '09: Somnath 13-05-2009 01:39 PM

    Chatterjee says Buddhadeb has not approached him to re-join Left. ...