Somnath Chatterjee

  • Somnath Chatterjee: Speaker should choose LoP even if there is no clear applicable rule July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan should designate a member of the Lower House of Parliament as Leader of the Opposition even if "there is no clear applicable rule", feels one of her predecessors Somnath Chatterjee. "That will also put an end to the fact that Indian Parliament does...
  • Parliament uproar a matter of gravest concern: Somnath Chatterjee February 13, 2014

    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 December 10, 2013

    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 May 9, 2013

    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 December 29, 2012

    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 surprised to be in the Presidential race June 14, 2012

    London: Surprised at his name being proposed for the Presidential post, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said he will consider the move if there is a large consensus on it. "If there is a large consensus, then I can consider it. I can be honest," he said, expressing surprise...
  • President poll: the race gets complicated June 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The race for the President's post got complicated by the minute on Wednesday. The list of contenders grew to five prominent politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh. This came after Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party...
  • Cong unlikely to accept TMC, SP's President options June 14, 2012

    New Delhi: There seems to be another twist in the race for the President's post. Congress sources say that they cannot accept the options given by Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Rejecting Congress President Sonia Gandhi's choices for...
  • President poll: Kalam the real choice of UPA allies? June 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam's name is once again doing the rounds. Sources have told CNN-IBN that he is the preferred choice of the UPA allies. In fact, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav reportedly spoke to Kalam before proposing his name....
  • President poll: Cong in a fix after TMC, SP's twist June 14, 2012

    New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have shown that no major decision can be taken without them. They stumped the Congress on Wednesday by rejecting party President Sonia Gandhi's choices for the Presidential candidate. The Congress has...
  • FTN: Are Mulayam and Mamata the new power axis in Indian politics? June 14, 2012

    Dramatic day of developments in the race for President. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday rejected the names proposed by Sonia Gandhi and instead tossed names of Manmohan Singh, Somnath Chatterjee and APJ Abdul Kalam....
  • BJP discusses names floated by Mamata, Mulayam June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday discussed the candidature of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with two others floated by UPS-supporting parties Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party but decided to adopt a wait-and-watch approach till Congress finalises its name for the post. The party's core group, which met under the chairmanship...
  • Presidential poll: What to make of the Mamata-Mulayam joint move June 13, 2012

    Key UPA ally Trinamool Congress and outside supporter Samajwadi Party on Wednesday suggested their own nominees for the post of President - APJ Kalam, PM Manmohan Singh and former speaker Somnath Chatterjee. ...
  • Proposing PM's name for President a gimmick: Left June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Left on Wednesday rejected the candidature of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee for the presidential poll, which were proposed by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh. The Left also said that it won't support any candidate proposed...
  • Mamata has hurt the sentiments of Bengal: WB Cong June 13, 2012

    Kolkata: The West Bengal Congress on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her decision to reject Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's name for the President's post and instead proposing the names of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, former president APJ Abdul Kalam and former speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Of all the names...
  • Presidential poll: The uncertainty of the arithmetic June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: As SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and TMC head Mamata Banerjee threw new names on Wednesday evening in the race for India's next President, the calculations of the various political formations have gone in a tizzy. Neither the UPA nor the NDA have the numbers to elect the...
  • TMC & SP name MMS, Kalam, Somnath for Prez June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: In a political googly, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh on Wednesday proposed three new names for President: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and former president APJ Abdul Kalam. While Kalam and Chatterjee were expected choices, suggesting Singh's name appears to...
  • Mamata Banerjee may veto Pranab as President June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Trinamool Congress and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may oppose Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's candidature for the President's post, sources said on Wednesday. Sources said that Mamata is very much decisive that Pranab Mukherjee shouldn't be President. They said that Mamata will propose the names of Meira Kumar,...
  • President poll: Mamata on a meeting spree June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is still playing hard ball with Congress before committing its support on the President's candidature, on Wednesday got an invite from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too, which means she will meet him right after or before meeting...
  • Pranab is SP's first choice for President: sources June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the first choice for the post of President for the Samajwadi Party, sources have indicated. They said that there have been informal talks between the Congress and Samajwadi Party on the issue. Sources told CNN-IBN that Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief...
  • New names emerge in the Presidential race June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Even as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerges as the front runner in the race for becoming the next President of India, it won't be that easy for him. Ahead of the crucial meeting between UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, there could be other...
  • Reject those who mock institutions of democracy: PM May 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said the country should reject those who mock the institutions of democracy though many people often feel frustrated by the disruption of Parliament. "We are not a perfect democracy but we are a functioning democracy with mechanisms and safeguards that allow for the...
  • No harm if politician is made president: Somnath Chatterjee May 1, 2012

    Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said there is no harm if a politician becomes the next President, as long as there is a consensus. ...
  • Newsmaker of the Day: Somnath Chatterjee April 30, 2012

    The BJP has clearly said that it will not support a Congress candidate for the President's post. ...
  • Trivedi kept country before party: Somnath Chatterjee March 15, 2012

    Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that he admires what Dinesh Trivedi and this is what should be done. ...
  • Somnath happy with Akhilesh becoming UP CM March 11, 2012

    Kolkata: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who had first remarked on the potential he evinced in Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh Yadav, on Saturday expressed happiness at the young leader being all set to take over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister. With a virtual euphoria sweeping Uttar...
  • Somnath defends UPA's Lokpal stand in RS December 30, 2011

    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 out...
  • MPs should have contacted police: Somnath September 6, 2011

    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 August 22, 2011

    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 May 18, 2011

    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...