Privilege Motion Against Smriti Irani

Privilege Motion Against Smriti Irani

Congress leaders K.C. Venugopal and Ranjeet Ranjan on Tuesday moved privilege motion against Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha, as party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to address the House today.

The Congress gave a notice for privilege motion against Irani on monday and created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha for a short while before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood to present the General Budget 2016-17.

The Congress claimed earlier that Irani’s “arrogance and blatant lies” in Parliament during the discussion on Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula forced them to move the privilege motion against her.

“What Smriti Irani said in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were blatant lies and this hasn’t been claimed by the Opposition, but by the people who knew Rohith — his family members and friends. Why does she have so much arrogance? Irani could have accepted that she got the facts wrong and the matter would have been over. But just because they are in power, they have arrogance and this arrogance will let them down,” Congress leader PL Punia said.

HRD Minister Smriti IraniSmriti Irani in her speech in Parliament had said there was no question of an apology from her.

She pointed out that according to a report submitted to the Telangana High Court, the police had reached Rohith’s hostel at 7:20 pm when they found the body.

“The Telangana police said when they reached the hostel, they found the room open and the dead body was lying on the table. A hand-written suicide note was found. The suicide note that was left behind does not blame anyone,” smriti said.

“This is not my submission. This is what the police said. No one allowed a doctor near this child, to revive this child. Instead, his body was used as a political tool. No police was allowed till 6:30 am the following morning. Who tried to help this child?” smriti asked.

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