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Sidhu seeks apology from Pranab

BJP MP NS Sidhu demanded an apology from External Affairs Minister alleging that his ministry officials insulted him by not allowing him to join the dignitaries on dais during a function in Amritsar.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2008 20:54 IST

BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday demanded an apology from Union Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee alleging that his ministry officials insulted him by not allowing him to join the dignitaries on dais during a function in Amritsar.

In a letter addressed to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, the MP termed the behaviour meted out to him as insulting and denigrating.

Sidhu alleged that officials simply lowered the stature of an MP by excluding him from discharging his role.

"As it is outrightly a case of breach of privilege of an MP, who is well entitled to share the dais with the officials or ministers concerned.

He also asked the Speaker to carry out an enquiry into the entire episode and initiate contempt and breach of privilege proceedings against the officials responsible for the same," the police said.

Sidhu claimed that despite his role in pushing forward the whole proposal for a regional passport office in Amritsar, he was not accorded the dignity of addressing his electorate through the dais during the inauguration of the office on June 28.

During the inauguration of the RPO, a number of prominent citizens and legislators, including the Punjab chief minister were present.