Follow Us:
Friday, April 03, 2020

Somnath-da’s role as Speaker is sorely missed today: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury on Somnath Chatterjee: His wise counsel will also be sorely missed because we have a serious undermining of Parliamentary institution as well as procedures.

Updated: August 14, 2018 7:31:20 am
Somnath Chatterjee, Sitaram Yechury on Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha speaker, CPI(M), Somnath Chatterjee death, Indian Express news Somnath Chatterjee died on Monday at the age of 89. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar)

Somnath-da was a pillar of strength for all those who cherished constitutional values. He spared no words, was eloquent in upholding and seeking to strengthen the four fundamental, foundational pillars of our constitution: secular democracy, federalism, social justice, and economic self reliance.

Having won elections to the Lok Sabha 10 times, he was the voice of the working people and the oppressed for many decades in Parliament. He played a very big role in fine-tuning the procedures of Parliament while he was the Speaker. Very few people kept up that sort of standards in understanding the Constitution and confronting the judiciary in defence of the legislature.

In today’s conditions, his role as a Speaker is being all the more missed when we have instances of indiscriminate declaration of legislation as money Bills to deprive Rajya Sabha of its functioning, and the way legislations are smuggled through in the form of finance Bill. These sort of things, I am sure, Somnath-da would never have been permitted… would never have happened.

Read | Somnath Chatterjee never wrote to CPI(M) with return request

His wise counsel will also be sorely missed because we have a serious undermining of Parliamentary institution as well as procedures. Outside Parliament, the defence he had mounted for the cause of secular democracy will also be missed because today we have all these private armies on the rampage, mounting criminal assaults on religious minorities and Dalits. And combined with his Parliamentary experience and legal acumen, he was a big source of both knowledge and inspiration.

As told to Manoj C G

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement