Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday appeared lukewarm to the speculations on bringing him back to the CPI(M),saying that he would not appeal to the party.
I won’t appeal, Chatterjee said over phone while on his way to Bolpur when asked if he would like to be taken back to the party.
Stating that he was not aware of any such move,Chatterjee said,I just read about in newspapers. Nobody told me anything about this. Asked for his reaction if the CPI(M),with which he was associated for five decades,took him back,Chatterjee retorted,it’s a hypothetical question. Chatterjee,who was yet to reconcile himself with his expulsion seven months ago,said he had not done anything that could warrant such a harsh action against him.
Asked to comment on West Bengal Transport Minister and CPI(M) state secretariat member Subhas Chakraborty’s letter to state party secretary Biman Bose seeking his return to the party,he said,I have no knowledge. No idea.
I did not call for a review or reconsideration of the decision of the party which took the step after consideration.
They (CPI-M) have a right to take a decision. Meanwhile,the Transport Minister on Tuesday confirmed he had written to CPI(M) State Secretary Biman Bose about bringing Chatterjee back.
Chatterjee is a veteran and a top-ranking leader of the party and people like him should not be kept out. He should be taken back, Chakraborty said.
Somnath donates medical equipment to village health centre
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee donated medical equipment to a rural health centre at Galsi in Burdwan district of West Bengal.
The veteran parliamentarian’s wife Nilima Chatterjee had received the initial treatment at the block health centre when she fell ill on way to Kolkata from Bolpur on November 25.
As the attending staff at the health centre,lacking basic facilities,battled to stabilise her condition,Chatterjee assured the Block Medical Officer for Health Dr Shyamal Baran Biswas of all possible assistance to equip the centre and help people in the remote area.
The Lok Sabha MP from Bolpur donated a generator set for 24×7 power connection to store life saving medicines in a cooler,an ultra-modern ECG machine and a glucometre as the health centre has to cope with emergency cases.
The equipment cost around Rs 2.5-3 lakh and was donated by Chatterjee’s family,the BMOH said. Local MP Nikhilananda Sar,Chief Medical Officer of Health Abu Ershad and others were present. Chatterjee,however,did not talk about his contribution to the media-persons present.