Om Puri apologises for calling politicians 'uneducated'
Privelege motion still being considered against him for 'derogatory' remarks
Om Puri has apologised for calling politicians "uneducated" and "incompetent" during his speech at the Ramlila Maidan 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 out....even our politicians at times, in a fit of anger, use such things," Om said.
"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.
The 60-year-old actor created a stir on August 26 with his speech attacking politicians. He told the thousands gathered that he feels "ashamed when an IAS or IPS officer salute a ganwar (illiterate) who is a neta (political leader)".
"Yeh anpadh hain, inka kya background hai? Aadhe se zyaada MP ganwaar hain...," the well known actor said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said she is considering a privilege motion against Om for his "derogatory and defamatory" remarks.
"The matter is under my consideration. I have received notices on the question of privilege," the speaker said in the Lok Sabha, even as the actor apologised for his comments.
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 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 Om, known for his roles in films as varied as 'Ardh Satya', 'West is West' and 'Chachi 420'.