Lok Sabha Privileges Committee to summon Shiv Sena chief

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) The Privileges Committee of Parliament has decided to summon Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray for "intemperate" remarks against some Members of Parliament.

The Committee however had not yet fixed the date of hearing for Mr Thackeray, 'Committee' Chairman Kishore Singh Deo told UNI today.

Several members have given notice of privilege to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee during the Monsoon Session against Mr Thackeray for remarks in his party's mouthpiece "Saamna" March 5,2008 issue in which he had ridiculed the MPs who had voiced their concern over the treatment meted out to people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra.

The MPs in Parliament were referring to the incidents of attacks on migrant labourers from Bihar and UP in Mumbai following a call by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena of Raj Thackeray, nephew of Mr Thackeray.

RJD leaders Devendra Prasad Yadav, Ram Kirpal Yadav and Vijay Krishna, JD(U) leader Prabhunath Singh and SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP leader Ilyas Azmi and Congress leaders Susheela Karkatte and Rameshwar Oraon were among those who had given the notice of privilege.

The Privileges Committee also submitted its report on rebel Congress MP Kuldeep Bishnoi to the Speaker today.

Mr Deo, who refused to divulge details of the report, said it was upto the Speaker to decide on Mr Bishnoi.

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