Smriti Irani in Parliament: Five articles you should read

Smriti Irani pulled out all the stops in a fiery speech in the Parliament on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 25, 2016 6:21 pm
Smriti-Irani1 Smriti Irani pulled out all the stops in a fiery speech in the Parliament on Wednesday.

Smriti Irani trains guns on Congress in aggressive, emotional Lok Sabha speech

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday deftly handled the controversy surrounding the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and ongoing row over alleged anti-national slogans raised in JNU campus, and countered the Opposition charge that she failed in performing her duty.

Irani, in her speech in Lok Sabha, mixing emotion and aggression, accused Opposition parties of playing petty politics over Vemula’s death.

Referring to the attack on her following the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad University after her ministry wrote letters to the university authorities, Irani said “mujhe suli pe chadhaya jaa raha hai kyunki mere vibhaag ne patra likha (I am being hanged because my ministry wrote the letter)”.


Mayawati vs Irani

Wednesday also saw fierce exchange of words between Irani and BSP supremo Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha. As soon the session began, Mayawati demanded to know whether a Dalit would be appointed to probe Vemula’s suicide and stuck to the same line throughout the day. A visibly agitated Irani said: “Mayawati ji, I request, you are a senior member and a woman, you want an answer, I am ready to reply. If you are not satisfied with my answer, I will cut my head and put it in your feet.”

The name Manu is not unparliamentary: K C Tyagi

JD(U) MP KC Tyagi in the Rajya Sabha also took aim at Irani by calling her “Manu Smriti Irani”. The comment was, however, expunged from the record despite “Manu” not being on the list of unparliamentary words, according to Tyagi.

“Anyone who acts on a letter like the one written by Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya with regard to Rohith Vemula is a subscriber to the caste system prescribed by Manu and can be, therefore, logically called Manu Smriti Irani.”

Called KCR over Rohith Vemula, no reply, says Smriti Irani; state says looking into it

Irani claimed that Vemula was not taken to a doctor after he was found hanging inside his friend’s room. She alleged that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was “busy” to take her call post Vemula’s death.

“I made a call to KCR but I was told he is busy. I even called up his daughter, MP K Kavita,” Smriti said in the Lok Sabha, adding she did not receive a call back.

‘Satyamev Jayate’: PM Modi tweets link to Smriti Irani’s spirited speech in LS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a link to the speech Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani made in the Lok Sabha during the debate on the ongoing JNU row and the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula at the Hyderabad Central University.

“Do hear this speech by @smritiirani.…Satyamev Jayate,” Modi tweeted from his personal handle on Wednesday.

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    S Iyer
    Feb 26, 2016 at 9:10 am
    Strange that Rahul hi landed up in JNU to support the students. Did he not remember that it was his Govt that hanged Afzal Guru? One would ask, did the students also protest on the 1st and 2nd Anniversary of Afzal Guru's hanging? Why so much protest on the 3rd anniversary. Politically motivated perhaps?
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      Baskar Rao
      Feb 26, 2016 at 6:20 am
      Who is anti national Hope the student community carefully reads th HRD ministers speech in the both the houses of the parliament and under stand the position of the Gove ,who are not against the student community but cannot compromise on the Anti National Activity .They should think deeply on what mistake they did by taking to streets.
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        Feb 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm
        Mrs. khan says that HRD minister insulted the LOK SABHA with filimi style dialogue. Would like to know her reaction on people supporting pro afzal and pro yakub khan comments. How hollow this is. Not worried about content, but worried about how it is said !!!
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          Deeply Concerned
          Feb 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm
          Have seen better speeches in street fights between women while fighting for water from borewells
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            Mrs Khan
            Feb 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm
            Sumriti Irani should realise that she was standing in lok sabha not on a TV drama set or Filmi set. Dialogues expresion was totally filmi style. It was insult of Lok Sabha
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