House Admits Privilege Motion Against Irani
Stricter action against Sadhvi Prachi planned after she refused unconditional apology
New Delhi: A sparsely attended meeting of the privileges committee of the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday decided to seek explanation from HRD minister Smriti Irani on a breach of privilege notice served by CPM leader Sitaram Yechury for her remarks duringthediscussionontheJNUrow last month.
Yechury, who is the member of the privileges committee did not excuse himself from the proceedings when the issue came up for discussion, whileBJPmemberinthecommittee, Vinay Katiyar, was absent while the committee decided toproceedfurtheron the notice. The meeting presidedbyRajyaSabha deputy chairman PJ Kurienwasattended by JD-U’s KC Tyagi, Congress’ Digvijaya Singh and BSP’s Rajpal Saini, apart from Yechury. AIADMKandDMKMPswereabsent because of their preoccupation with elections in Tamil Nadu. There are two vacancies in the committee.
The decision for mally sets in Yechury’s motion for breach of privilege, wherein he has alleged that he received threat calls and hate mails because the HRD minister attributed some remarks on Goddess Durga which he said he never made. The incidents happened during the heated debateintheRajyaSabhalastmonth, following the JNU row.
The committee’s decision seeking explanation from HRD minister to substantiate her attribution to Yechury’s alleged remarks is a natural procedure. “Decision to seek her version on the basis of complaint has beentaken.Shehasyetnotbeensummoned,” a parliamentary source clarified.
Accordingly, the police too will investigateintothethreatcallsandhate
Privileges Committee meeting was attended only by opposition members
mails to verify Yechury’s claims. The committeeislikelytodirectthehome ministry to extend security cover to Yechury to ward off dangers.
In another case, the privilege committee sought to proceed more sternly against VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi for her refusal to offer unconditional apology for her disparaging remarks against MPs. She is believed to have offered conditional apology for having publicly alleged that there are few terrorist MPs in Parliament.