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BJP questions Opposition move to bring privilege motion against Smriti Irani

BJP said Irani's statement on the issue in Parliament was based on official account that the police gave at that time.

By: PTI | New Delhi | February 28, 2016 8:09:27 pm
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BJP on Sunday defended HRD Minister Smriti Irani who is under attack over her statement on Rohith issue, saying the Opposition has “no ground” to move a privilege motion against her as it is based on mere “insinuation”.

BJP spokesperson M J Akbar lashed out at the Congress, accusing it of “doing politics” over a tragedy and “using lies to mislead” public on the issue to divert attention from the flak it is facing after Rahul Gandhi joined the JNU protesters.

“You will bring a privilege notice on insinuation in what she has stated. If one would have to bring a privilege motion on insinuation, then not even a single Congress leader would have dared to stay in Parliament,” he told reporters.

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BJP said Irani’s statement on the issue in Parliament was based on official account that the police gave at that time.

“It pains me even more that instead of grief bringing all of us together, some political parties, especially Congress, have become so cynical that they want to play politics even on tragedy.

“They are doing politics and are openly using lies of the most shocking kind in order to expand or they hope they will expand or regain their disappearing support base. There is so much in this country to do politics about. Must we also do politics about such tragedies,” Akbar said.

He said it was hoped that political class and parties will work together to find a solution on the issue instead of doing politics.

On the privilege issue, Akbar said, “Congress’ false charge-sheet manipulates the language in an attempt to hoodwink you. They say that the HRD Minister had insinuated that Rohith Vemula was not a dalit….”

Leaders of various parties, including Congress and Janata Dal (United) MP KC Tyagi, nominated MP KTS Tulsi and CPI (M) lawmaker Mohammad Salim intend to bring a privilege motion against Irani in both the Houses over her statement on Rohith Vemula suicide case.

Akbar said by “making use of lies, all this is being done to mislead the people and Parliament’s time is being wasted. This has become a habit of the Congress”.

He also said that Congress was now trying to run away from the issue that has cropped up and its leaders Rahul Gandhi and P Chidambaram were trying to divert attention from their statements “made in favour” of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru after seeing the public reaction.

“They have been very sharp against Rahul Gandhi going into a particular campus in order to support those who called Afzal Guru’s trial by due procedure, conviction by due procedure by exhausting all the available options and remedies that are in the judicial system up to the Supreme Court in the judicial system… Rahul Gandhi went to support those who called it a judicial killing,” he said.

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