Press Statement

Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), has issued the following statement:

A lot of speculation is going on in the media regarding the position of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Comrade Somnath Chatterjee.

I have already stated that any decision will be taken by the Speaker himself. This has been reiterated by the Speaker through a statement by his office on July 10, 2008.

We do not want the office of the Speaker being dragged into any unnecessary controversy.