M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan:
HRD minister Smriti Irani can’t but be highly amused at the declaration of opposition leaders of their intention to move a privilege motion against her. This is what she wanted through her speech in the Lok Sabha last week, defending the government with a mass of official documents. Her opponents, who are seen promoting and fomenting OBC-Dalit- Muslim-Christian electoral card and exploiting the sentiments of a grieving mother, threatened on Friday to move privilge motions against Irani, having been trapped in their own rhetoric.
Congress along with CPI(M) and JD(U) accused Irani of “willfully misleading” Parliament. “The HRD Minister has not only been economical with truth but has also willfully misled Parliament on the unfortunate suicide of a young Dalit student, Rohith Vemula”, Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik and senior spokesperson Selja alleged.
Wasnik told reporters that the Congress planned to bring privilege motion in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha soon, while CPI(M) leader Mohd Saleem said he would be doing so on Monday. “I will be giving a notice for breach of privilege against Irani to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for misleading the House on Rohith Vemula issue,” Saleem said.
Not to be left behind in the political football, JD(U) leader and Rajya Sabha MP K C Tyagi said that he and nominated member KTS Tulsi will give privilege notice against Irani to Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday.
Two questions arise. First, will the motions be allowed; and second, what if the HRD minister is tempted to open the entire can of worms in the debate following the acceptance of motions. Either way, it’s advantage Smriti.