Smt. Smriti Irani’s speech in reply to debate on JNU and Rohith Vemula issues – 24.02.2016
The nation on Wednesday witnessed Union HRD Minister Smriti Iranilambasting the opposition parties during a debate in Lok Sabha over the burning issues of Rohith Vemula’s suicide and alleged anti-national activities in JNU. Here are the top statements given by HRD minister Smriti Irani
1- Rohith Vemula’s body was used as a political tool. Rahul Gandhi saw a political opportunity in Rohith Vemula’s death. Over 600 students died during Telangana movement. Did Rahul Gandhi go once? No! In this the Congress vice-president saw a political opportunity.”
2- I have been accused that with which authority do I write letters to Universities. MPs who want admission for their kids come to me. I will never apologise for writing letters as I just did my duty. In my 20 months as minister, I have served my country, people without any prejudice. My ministry also responded to letters of Shashi Tharoor and TMC MP Saugata Roy. We also replied to AIMIM chief Owaisi’s letter.”
3- One student dies and there is political battle over it. Does the country know that the executive council which took the decision (on Rohith Vemula) – Not even one member was appointed by NDA, all were appointed by UPA.
4- Rohith Vemula was used for political benefits, I will give you proof. I called up Telangana CM KCR as soon as I got to know about the incident, only to request to help in law and order situation. I was told ‘sahab’ is busy. My call is on record. I am yet to receive his phone call.”
5- Nobody allowed a doctor near the Rohith Vemula. Not even one attempt was made to revive him. He was used as a political tool. This is what Telengana police is saying.”
6- Opposition only interested in politics and not hearing my response.” – Smriti Irani attacked Congress leaders who were absent during debate
7- I am not certifying your patriotism, but do not demean mine; I will quit if V-Cs can prove saffronisation charge against me
8- JNU authorities recommended suspension of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and DSU member Umar Khalid.
9- Umar Khalid misled the JNU administration, he said in an application form that he was organising poetry reading
10- Even Indira Gandhi lost power, but his son never supported anti-national forces. Don’t make education a political battlefield; I request everyone to stop treating children as votebanks.” – HRD Minister took a direct jibe at Rahul Gandhi .