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5 Questions: ‘33 crore gods evoke divergent feelings, a minister can’t adopt one single line on them’

Sharad Yadav, JD(U), RS discusses privilege motion with Pradeep Kaushal of indian Express.

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published: March 2, 2016 1:17:36 am
JD(U), sharad yadav, president sharad yadav, janata dal (united) president, lok sabha speaker, sumitra mahajan, parliament Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav.

Having always stressed that Parliament must function, why are you now targeting Smriti Irani even after the JNU and Hyderabad Central University controversies have been discussed thoroughly?

Parliament has to function according to the rules and procedures laid. A wrong statement of facts by a Union minister is not a small issue. Why was she not prepared to authenticate the JNU pamphlet she had mentioned? Her attitude was reflective of arrogance. On Rohith Vemula, I have taken a position on the basis of what his mother and a dozen Hyderabad boys told me.

You are known as non-religious. Why should you have a problem if Smriti quotes adverse references to goddess Durga?

This country has people with varying faiths vis-a-vis 33 crore gods, which evoke divergent feelings. A minister cannot adopt one single line about them.

Your notice for a privilege motion also demands Smriti be called to the bar of the House for punishment. Isn’t that harsh?

All our demands are within the framework of rules.

The BJP has hit back with a privilege notice against Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Who can stop anyone from giving a notice? Let there be a discussion. A minister cannot be equated with an ordinary member. A minister is distinctly accountable for what she says. She has access to all sources of information, whereas an ordinary member has limitations.

The Congress has alleged the AIADMK disrupted proceedings over alleged corruption involving P Chidambaram’s son at the behest of the BJP so that the Rajya Sabha could not discuss a calling attention motion on a Union minister’s speeches.

The issue of P Chidambaram’s son has nothing to do with Parliament. If at all, the AIADMK can persuade the government to be more proactive.

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