Budget session: I spoke to Rohith Vemula’s mother, says Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha

Budget session: Proceedings continued in both Houses of Parliament after a heated and engaging day on Wednesday

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 25, 2016 9:48 pm
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The JNU row and the suicide  of Dalit student Rohith Vemula dominated the discussion in the Parliament for the second consecutive day on Thursday. On a day when Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu present the Railway Budget 2016, the House witnessed repeated adjournments and acrimonious exchange between the treasury and opposition benches. While the Opposition accused the BJP of trying to suppress dissent and impose their idea of a “theocratic, fascistic Hindu Rashtra” on the country, the government maintained that hate speech cannot be free speech.

Earlier on Wednesday, HRD Minister Smriti Irani was seen engaging in a verbal duel with BSP supremo Mayawati over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. Lok Sabha yesterday saw an engaging debate between members of all political parties.


8.30 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned the day after uproar over Smriti Irani quoting from a pamphlet on Mahishasura.

8.25 pm: Why is the minister repeating what all is written in the Mahishasura pamphlet? What are we reducing the debate to? | Anand Sharma in RS.

8.15 pm: Reiterating what she said in Lok Sabha yesterday, Irani talks about ‘Mahishasur martyrdom day’.

8.00 pm: Delhi University refused to apply reservation policy of India when Congress government was in power: Smriti Irani.

7.50 pm: When was the last time CPI(M) talked about something and achieved it at national level? | Smriti Irani reads an FB post of Rohith Vemula.

7.47 pm: What I did not disclose is that I spoke to Rohith Vemula’s mother: Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha.

7.45 pm: There are many who call me an “unpaad mantri” over my educational qualifications: Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha.

5:45 pm Can you imagine USA tolerating slogans praising Osama Bin Laden in America, asks Naidu in Lok Sabha

5:06 pm Nobody has fought the ultra left like we have, please accept that, Sitaram Yechury replies to Jaitley

5:03 pm You were right that Congress lost two PMs to terrorism. So, you should be more vigorous in speaking against terrorism than us: Jaitley

4:58 pm Just because WB elections are around the corner, it doesn’t mean that police wont enter a campus where anti-national slogans are being raised: Jaitley

4:58 pm JNU is not a sovereign territory that police cannot enter. If Indian penal code is being violated, police is in its right to enter: Jaitley

4:51 pm If we have to fight separatists in Kashmir, national parties have to involve main parties in the state (NC and PDP): Jaitley on BJP’s alliance with PDP in J&K

4:50 pm Question is not who is nationalist and who is not, if that is argued then the country is fighting within itself anyway, interrupts Ghulam Nabi Azad.

4:44 pm Can hate speech be free speech, asks Jaitley

4:43 pm Its a war on the territory of India. Who lives if India doesn’t survive: Jaitley

4:42 pm Can you have free speech to say you can break the country into pieces: Jaitley

4:42 pm Vandalism is condemnable (PH Court issue), but sedition is free speech, asks Jaitley

4:41 pm Kind of language used for circular for that JNU meet says much, the people whose name is on that circular are ultra-leftist: Jaitley

4:40 pm You organise an event for Afzal Guru and use the picture of Ambedkar, this wont make a maoist a patriot: Jaitley

4:40 pm Those who raised the slogans were ultra-left: Jaitley

4:39 pm We as a government are entitled to be criticised: Arun Jaitley

3:09 pm It will be wrong to say that Delhi police is not doing its job: Rajnath Singh

3:08 pm I feel Delhi police not being treated fairly: Rajnath Singh

2.40 pm: Incidents which happened during last few days were handled by Delhi Police in a professional manner: Kiren Rijiju (MoS, Home) in Rajya Sabha.

2.35 pm: Delhi Police acted as per law against anti-national and anti-constitutional incidents in the JNU: Kiren Rijiju (MoS, Home) in Rajya Sabha.

2.32 pm: With alertness, Delhi Police handled all agitations and demonstrations exhibiting their professional acumen: Kiren Rijiju in Rajya Sabha.

2.30 pm: Recently, law and order situation was grave in Haryana due to Jat reservation agitation and it was obvious that effect will be felt in Delhi: Kiren Rijiju in Rajya Sabha.

11:58 am: Rajya Sabha is now taking a short break. It will begin with the Question Hour shortly. PJ Kurien, the Deputy Speaker, said the debate on the JNU row will resume at 3 pm.

11:50 am: Can students put posters declaring the killing of Afzal Guru as a judicial killing, asks Bhupender Yadav.

11:45 am: Arun Jaitley speaking now.

This debate is not taking place on some theory or some abstract. When Bhupender Yadav is talking about a document, you are displaying intolerance. He will authenticate the document and name the authors: Jaitley

11:42 am: Bhupender Yadav of the BJP is now making a counter-argument. But it has soon dissolved into a chaos over a comment he made.

11:39 am: Let us have a House Committee to look into what has gone wrong: Yechury

11:37 am: I was born in a Hindu family. I learnt all Vedas. I ended up in Communism because I studied all of them: Yechury

11:35 am: The slogans against ‘Manuvaad’ will remain. If you want to arrest me, then arrest me: Yechury

11:28 am: Yechury is very cleverly taking advantage of Meenakshi Lekhi’s ‘Left parties are witches’ remark. He quotes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and tells the government to listen to the warning of the ‘witches.’

11:27 am: HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad are among those present in the Rajya Sabha

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11:26 am: The national flag in our hearts are much higher than 207 feet: Yechury

11:25 am: We are products of the Jawaharlal Nehru University. I met the honourable Home Minister and we told him that if there is anyone raising anti-national slogans, take action against them. We were assured that no innocent will be punished: Yechury

Today, you are casting the entire university as ‘anti-national’: Yechury

You dont have to teach us desh bhakti. We dont need certificates of patriotism from you.

11:15 am: CPM leader Sitaram Yechury is speaking on the controversy at Hyderabad University.

11:00 am: Proceedings have begun in the Rajya Sabha. In Lok Sabha, Suresh Prabhu will present his second railway budget.