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”.
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“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
The docs I read yesterday are officials documents from the Univ, these are not documents of the Govt: Smriti Irani pic.twitter.com/lg38zIsnSk
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 26, 2016
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.