An emotionally charged Smriti Irani speaking in the Lok Sabha today vehemently condemned the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students accused of ‘anti-national’ sloganeering inside the campus. The Human Resource Development minister accused the Congress Party of politicising the JNU issue.
Producing copies of proofs against the opposition and addressing the Dalit and JNU issue for more than forty minutes, the HRD minister took the political battle at Rahul’s threshold by directly accusing the Congress Vice President of supporting ‘anti-nationals’.
Taking political excerpts from Indian history, Smriti Irani pointed out how Indira Gandhi had hung on her son to win the election and come to power. “But her son did not go and support anti-national students like Rahul has done now,” said the minister amid an assenting crowd in the back.
The HRD minister condemned the politicising of JNU issue and directly accused the Congress VP of using innocent students for political leverage. She also mentioned chapters from school textbooks to purportedly try and expose the ‘hypocrisy’ of the opposition party.
“He (Rohith Vemula) was a student first. But instead of asking about how the child was doing, before making any attempts at resuscitation, they hid the body to use it as a political tool,” said Smriti.
Since the death of the Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula and the arrest of the JNU students on charges of sedition, Rahul Gandhi have been travelling to the universities to express his solidarity with the protesting students.