New Delhi : Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu intervened in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday to promise to come back with a report on Friday into the alleged force-feeding of a Muslim employee observing Ramzan fast in the Maharashtra Sadan by a Shiv Sena MPs last week.

He was responding to the opposition members stalling the Question Hour to insist on the inquiry report as promised by his junior minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday and Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien instructing the government to ascertain facts and come back to the House.

Pointing out that it was a very sensitive matter, Venkaiah Naidu said, “We are ascertaining the facts. Matter pertains to members (MPs) in the guest house of a particular state government. We have to find out full details.” He suggested that the members should not block the regular business and wait till Friday. The issue was raised by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri and Congress member Anand Sharma citing Javadekar’s assurance while a female voice from the ruling side kept retorting ‘jaraa bhi usme tathya nahi hai (absolutely no truth in it).” Sena to move privilege panel

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MPs said they will take it up before the Privileges Committee of Parliament. The MPs are expected to raise the matter before the panel today and lodge a complaint against state Resident Commissioner Bipin Mallick for ‘ill-treatment’ meted out to the parliamentarians.

“We will be approaching the Privileges Committee and take up the issue, most likely today. I have been saying this since July 21 that a complaint has to be lodged against the Resident Commissioner,” Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai, said.

The Sena has defended its MPs and said it was a ‘protest against mismanagement’ at Maharashtra Sadan and held that the entire issue was given a “communal colour only to derive “political mileage” and to “malign” the party’s image.

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