Oppn to move priv­i­lege mo­tion against Sm­riti Irani in House

Cong, CPI(M) and JD(U) ac­cuse min­is­ter of ‘will­fully mis­lead­ing’ Par­lia­ment

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The Op­po­si­tion has de­cided to charge hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment ( HRD) min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani with breach of priv­i­lege in Par­lia­ment, in­di­cat­ing that Dalit scholar Ro­hith Vem­ula’s sui­cide and the JNU row will con­tinue to cast a shadow on the bud­get ses­sion.

Fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley will present the gen­eral bud­get on Mon­day and the rul­ing coali­tion hopes to shift the political discourse from con­tro­ver­sial stu­dents’ is­sues to eco­nomic mat­ters. But on the same day, the Congress, the CPI(M) and the Janata Dal (United) could move a priv­i­lege mo­tion against Irani in both houses of Par­lia­ment.

CPI( M) leader Mohd Salim said he would move the priv­i­lege mo­tion in the Lok Sabha while KC Tyagi of the JD(U) said his party would move the mo­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha.

Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi told Ro­hith Ver­mula’s mother and brother that she would stand by them till jus­tice was done. Party vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s of­fice put up a link to a video of Ro­hith’s mother con­tra­dict­ing Irani on his Twit­ter han­dle with the re­mark,

“Satyamev Jay­ate! Modiji do hear th­ese words of Ro­hith Vem­ula’s mother”.

The jibe was tar­geted at the PM who had shared a link of Irani’s first speech dur­ing the JNU de­bate in the Lok Sabha with the com­ment “Satyamev Jay­ate”.

Top Congress sources said they had iden­ti­fied at least three

po­ten­tial faults in Irani’s re­ply in the Ra­jya Sabha on Thurs­day. “Ro­hith Vem­ula’s fam­ily and the doc­tor who ex­am­ined Ro­hith’s body have al­ready con­tra­dicted what the min­is­ter told Par­lia­ment. Th­ese are the two key mat­ters of priv­i­lege,” said a se­nior Congress leader in­volved in the party’s in­ter­nal con­sul­ta­tions on the JNU and Univer­sity of Hyderabad is­sues.

“The min­is­ter has not only been eco­nom­i­cal with the truth but has also wil­fully mis­led Par­lia­ment on the un­for­tu­nate sui­cide of a young Dalit stu­dent, Ro­hith Vem­ula. The Congress will move a priv­i­lege mo­tion against the HRD min­is­ter for mis­lead­ing Par­lia­ment,” for­mer so­cial jus­tice min­is­ter Mukul Was­nik said on Satur­day.

The Congress might also chal­lenge the doc­u­ment re­fer­ring to Mahisha­sura which Irani read in the Ra­jya Sabha, lead­ing to a furore. “She said she had au­then­ti­cated it. But we may like to chal­lenge the ve­rac­ity of that ma­te­rial,” a se­nior Congress leader said.

CON­TIN­UED ON P11

PTI PHOTO

Mem­bers of NSUI, the stu­dents’ wing of the Congress, protest near HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani’s house in New Delhi.

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