You pushed Rohith Vemula to commit suicide, it’s murder: Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha

It is a tradition of the House that no blasphemous things will be said here: RS Speaker in Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 26, 2016 6:26 pm
File photo of Sitaram Yechury. (Source: PTI) File photo of CPM leader Sitaram Yechury. (Source: PTI)

Rajya Sabha MP and CPM leader Sitaram Yechury Friday told BJP leaders in the House that Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula was pushed to commit suicide.

“You have pushed the child to commit suicide, its virtually a murder,” said Yechury.

Yechury also took on HRD Minister Smriti Irani for reading out “derogatory” references to goddess Durga from a poster purportedly circulated by JNU students on “Mahishasura martyrdom day”.

“She quoted Macbeth: foul is fair and fair is foul. She is making all that is foul, fair,” said Yechury.

Irani, earlier in the day, in response to the uproar in the House over her speech yesterday said: “I am myself a Durga worshipper and I said it with a lot of pain.”

Yechury also criticised Irani for quoting certain Facebook posts purportedly written by Vemula which were critical of the CPI(M) leader and accused her of making “all foul fair”.

He questioned the veracity of the Facebook account that she had claimed to be that of Vemula.

“Can a Facebook account be authenticated?… Can ‘quotes’ from the ‘cyberspace’ be permitted without the same being
authenticated,” he questioned and insisted that nothing should go on record in the House without it is authenticated.

Contending that he is not against any criticism, Yechury said the authenticity of Vemula’s Facebook comments against him need to be ascertained.

“I have always said that let a hundred flowers bloom and let a thousand thoughts contend,” he added.

At this, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley interjected, saying “every word” read out by Irani has been authenticated by the Registrar of the University.

Yechury said the government had got these authenticated by the Vice Chancellors and Registrars who are appointed by them.

The CPI (M) leader further said: “Yesterday she (Irani) quoted from Macbeth saying fair is foul and foul is fair. She is making all foul fair without giving any authentication.”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien assured Yechury that he will look into the documents and check their authenticity.

Yechury also said that Vemula, in his letter written a month before committing suicide, had said that he should be given a rope, which indicated the state of his mind. “What did university do,” he questioned.

With regard to Jaitley’s comment that he should condemn anti-India statements, Yechury said he has already done it.

As it happened

4.00 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 29.

3.25 pm: I beseech you, please do not pass unverified statements as evidences: Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha.

3.20 pm: The statement was signed by #JNU students, it was not a mere pamphlet: Smriti Irani in RS over “Durga” issue.

3.15 pm: She quoted Macbeth: foul is fair and fair is foul. She is making all that is foul, fair, says Sitaram Yechury about Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha.

3:12 pm: Arun Jaitley to S. Yechury: Every word that the minister has spoken has been authenticated. If you have said something, authenticate that.

3:12 pm: Minister says there was a Dalit professor in the committee, Yes but he gave a dissenting note and quit-Sitaram Yechury in RS

3:11 pm: Sitaram Yechury: who is a good Hindu? Will they give certificates? Why is all this being brought up here in august House to divide country?

3:10 pm: You have pushed the child to commit suicide, its virtually a murder-Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha

3:00 pm: You pushed the child to commit suicide, says Sitaram Yechury in RS to BJP leaders on Rohith Vemula.

2:54 pm: I am not satisfied with the answer of HRD Minister, the truth is that the inquiry committee has no Dalit member: Mayawati.

2:49 pm: Because of this we think that this probe committee can never conduct a fair inquiry into Rohith’s death: Mayawati 

2:48 pm: They have not kept even one Dalit officer in the inquiry committee: Mayawati

2:46 pm: It is incorrect that there is no member of SC community in the inquiry committee: Smriti Irani responds to Mayawati.

2:46 pm: Rohith’s mother’s only plea was to constitute a judicial inquiry into her child’s death: Smriti Irani

2:45 pm: Rohith Vemula was not denied any fellowship money: Smriti Irani responds to Mayawati’s question in RS

1:24 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm.

1:16 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

12:45 pm: The poor opened bank accounts in Jan Dhan Yojna hoping that 15 Lakh will come into their account, not even 15 Rs came-Sultan Ahmed, TMC in LS

12:10 pm: All of us should help those oppressed because of their caste,but fight should be bipartisan,not on political ideology: Tarun Vijay BJP in RS

12:10 pm: From strategic point of view, it is very important for us to secure this area (Siachen): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Lok Sabha

12:00 pm: I know we are paying a price for that, but we need to maintain this position (Siachen). I salute our brave soldiers: Defence Minister in LS

11:58 am: If you vacate this position (Siachen) &enemy occupies that, it will be impossible & we’ll hv to lose many lives to recover it- Defence Min in LS

11:55 am: We will ensure that those who work in difficult areas like Siachen are properly compensated: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Lok Sabha

11:50 am: We are in constant touch with research agencies. Surveillance in on: Health Minister JP Nadda speaking in Lok Sabha

11:45 am: No case of Zika virus reported in India.No need to panic,but we all need to be alert-Health Minister JP Nadda in LS

11:40 am: Govt needs to clear the facts about the apparently fraudulent “Freedom 251” phone: Pramod Tiwari in RS

11:38 am: MA Naqvi should withdraw for saying that we don’t allow legislation work to happen in RS: Sitaram Yechury

11:35 am: What I can do now is I will go through the record & expunge anything that is blasphemous: RS Speaker in Rajya Sabha

11:32 am: It is a tradition of the House that no blasphemous things will be said here: RS Speaker in Rajya Sabha

11:30 am: I myself am a Durga worshipper, I said it with a lot of pain: Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha.

11:25 am: All we hear from opposition is them asking for apologies, so will no legislation be done in the House any more? MA Naqvi in RS

11:20 am: So many pamphlets are distributed everyday, so will all of them which hurt sentiments be read in RS?: Ali Anwar, JDU

11:18 am: I read it because I was asked to explain what is the proof: Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha

11:17 am: These are authenticated documents from the university itself. These are not Govt documents: Smriti Irani speaking in RS

11:15 am:

11:10 am: There were comments made on veracity of facts yesterday: Smriti Irani in RS

11:05 am: We kept requesting her to stop but she didn’t, nothing blasphemous must be tolerated in RS: Anand Sharma in RS

11:oo am: HRD Minister must apologise for what she said about Goddess Durga, its blasphemous: Anand Sharma in RS.

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First Published on: February 26, 2016 11:51 am
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    Ram reddy
    Feb 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    Look this joker CONGRESS and COMMUNIST are like CANCER TO INDIA we need CONGRESS and COMMUNIST MUKTH BAHRAT JIHADI goons are using NSUI and AISF has there shelter to run there Islamic propaa and these TWO PIGS congress and communist s are providing them enough support it is really shame that JOKER LIKE PAPAU and these YACHRI FIT FOR NOTHING are very much FRUSTRATED with MODI pority they knew pretty well that they will NOT WIN NEXT elections therefor these morons making issue out of NOTHING shame shame looters of INDIA we need MAKE IN ITALY not MAKE IN ITALY got it
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      annoyed
      Feb 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
      1..... Mr ROHIT'S father was of VADERA Caste an OBC. ...... 2... Mr ROHIT's mother was adopted at the age of ONE by a VEDERA FAMILY. ... 3... Mr ROHIT's mother has never ever met her BIOLOGICAL PARENTS after she was ONE YEAR OLD. .......... 4. Evidently, Mr ROHIT's mother never faced SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION of DALITS as she was brought up in an OBC FAMILY. ... 5... The only way Mr ROHIT can be a DALIT is his MOTHER's DNA linked to her BIOLOGICAL PARENTS if they were DALITS. .... ............. SO WILL Mr YECHURI DECIDE ON DALITHOOD BY DNA???
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        annoyed
        Feb 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm
        Yechury, the man who represent a party that does not know what it stands for
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          indian
          Feb 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm
          “I have always said that let a hundred flowers bloom and let a thousand thoughts contend,”. He forgot to add "as long as they are anti-India, anti-Hindu"
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            Aap
            Feb 26, 2016 at 8:45 am
            These people won't give up dragging religion into politics. It's time for people to teach them a lesson.
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              Sie
              Feb 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm
              Die Manu-Smriti die along with your RSS TEREOEIST SPONSORS.
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              1. H
                Hitite
                Feb 26, 2016 at 8:12 am
                Dissolve the govt.
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                  IML sood
                  Feb 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                  Behold a full crop of anti India reared by the Cong.and other enemy of the country has to destro.One can shudder tothink of the consequences if the previous Govt. was allowed to continue. Perhaps the ranting of terrorist that they would cut our country in many parts would have been materialised. Wake up brave Indian,destroy such anti national forces as early as possible and beware of the enemies within the country also who can be spotted easily by their mindset and deeds.
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                    IML sood
                    Feb 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                    See this man's ranting as if he has got all the proofs than why not go to Court of law and file a case against the Govt. No they will not do because an unfortunate suicide victim is fit for fake publicity for CPM,CPICong.AAP.JDU,BSP etc. A simple question arises if they are so concerned with people why CPM,BSP,JDU,AAP and even Cong. has almost been wiped out by the people.Seems these parties being on last leg are desperate to hold a straw before drowning in vast the vast Sea. People now have realised their worth and all such attempts will not work.But by the way where is Paapu, again hiding somewhere? Any clue?
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                      Realitycheck
                      Feb 26, 2016 at 11:28 am
                      All commies with Mr Yechury needs to be thrown into the Indian Ocean in order ASAP !!!
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                        Theta
                        Feb 26, 2016 at 8:15 am
                        Yale educated bar dancer turned serial actor turned bajari. Her ZAORASHTRIAN root from IRAN is exposed!
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                          Sivaramakrishnan
                          Feb 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm
                          All politicians are shameless creatures...
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                            Sivaramakrishnan
                            Feb 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm
                            CPI and Congress are having a field day with BSP joining in to rake in more support for more seats in whatever election they will be contesting but all in the name of a dead man who was not helped when by any of these when he was alive!! If these people are really serious then month after month suicide numbers of our farmers will not be increasing!!
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                              Sivaramakrishnan
                              Feb 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                              We deserve only these kinds of Politicians because we are no less shameless...
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                                Kavi
                                Feb 26, 2016 at 7:35 am
                                HRD Minister is duty bound to expose the anti national elements. Obviously, the Left and Congress cannot hear the hard truth that it is only their politics that made the students to openly criticise Hindu Gods in universities. Yet, we do not see any backlash anywhere. Yet, the so called "intellectuals" campaign that India is intolerant country. Who is intolerant? You introspect.
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                                  Kavi
                                  Feb 26, 2016 at 7:25 am
                                  Smriti Rani has given reply in detail which shows how the Left Wing elements have infiltrated into our educational insutions, and promoting anti national elements. JNU debate is completely exposing the so called "intellectuals", corrupt and biased media, fake "intolerance" campaigners, and of course the opportunistic, corrupt, and most communal Congress Party.
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                                    Khan
                                    Feb 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                                    Meanwhile Ishrat jahan enjoying with 72 men
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                                      Madhu Reddy
                                      Feb 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                                      What a non sense this shame less talking only one topic if this happend to any HINDU BOY ( Rss worker killed by communist goons in KERAL) this joker have guts to talk SHAME ON YOU CONGRESS AGENT FIT FOR NOTHING BARKING LIKE PIG get lost from my country otherwise we will hit you and PAPAU with SHOES understand
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                                        MrM
                                        Feb 26, 2016 at 11:43 am
                                        Why is he asking every time for certificate. Congress and CPI are Chor Chor Mosrey Bhai. Smriti Irani made Pappu and Scindia shut their wide mouth. Pappu was when I talk they won't allow him to talk. This mosrey Bhai are also not allowing Smriti Irani or BJP to talk. She hit them under th Belt. Next election Paapu might not be contesting from Amethi.
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                                          MyTake
                                          Feb 26, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                          Once Herald case is taken to its logical conclusion everything will calm down seeing law indeed can take its course. Otherwise these goons will keep abusing the system and the people!
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                                            Naveen
                                            Feb 26, 2016 at 7:41 am
                                            Yesterday, Yechury is telling the government not to "interfere" in the functioning of universities. Mr Yechury, it is you and Communists, who have interfered in the functioning of educational insutions, and made them a breeding ground of terrorists and anti nationals. It is because of Communists, the central universities such as JNU have become the dangerous place for peace loving students. The Government should cleanse the Universities, and expel the venomous elements from student community.
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