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Meira mulls action against Om Puri


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New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said Monday she was considering a privilege motion against actor Om Puri for his “derogatory and defamatory” remarks against MPs.

“The matter is under my consideration. I have received notices on the question of privilege,” she said in the Lok Sabha.

Congress MPs Praveen Singh Aron, Jagdambika Pal, Vinay Pandey, Harsh Vardhan, P.L. Punia and Kamal Kishor, as also Mirza Mehboob Beg (National Conference) and Ramashankar Rajbhar (Bahujan Samaj Party) have given notices against Om Puri for using “derogatory and defamatory words against members of parliament and also casting reflections on the house”.

The Samajwadi Party’s Premdas Katheria and Shailendra Kumar have also given notices against the Bollywood actor.

Om Puri launched a blistering attack last week on politicians from the stage at Ramlila Maidan where Anna Hazare was sitting on his hunger strike against corruption. He told the thousands gathered that he feels “ashamed when an IAS or IPS officer salutes a ganwar (illiterate) who is a neta (political leader).

“Yeh anpadh hain, inka kya background hai? Aadhe se zyaada MP ganwaar hain…,” Om Puri, known for his character roles, told the cheering crowd.

Actor Om Puri has apologised for calling politicians “uneducated” and “incompetent” during his speech in Ramlila Maidan late and says his choice of words was inappropriate.

“I respect the parliament and the costitutional body. I am very proud to be an Indian. It was wrong on my part to use such terms. I wasn’t drunk, I was just emotionally charged, such things do come from mouth…..even our politicians at times, in a fit of anger, use such things,” Om told CNN-IBN.

“I would love to be there (in the parliament) to explain my emotions… the forum which leaders like Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru have been a part of. If they (parliament) are still angry with me I will take whatever punishment they give me,” the actor added.(IANS)


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