New Delhi: A war of Privilege Motions has broken out in the Parliament, with BJP on Tuesday giving notice for such an action to Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, and hitting back at the opposition party for a similar move they had made against HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
The Congress and the Left have already given notice of Privilege Motion against Ms. Irani, accusing her of ‘misleading’the House over the suicide of Rohit Vemula, a Dalit research scholar of Hyderabad University.
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Congress on Monday gave notice for a privilege motion against HRD Minister Smriti Irani and created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha for a while shortly before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood to present the General Budget 2016-17.
Irani not only faced ire in Lok Sabha but the Leader of Opposition (LoP) of Rajya Sabha also attacked her. Both the houses of Parliament saw disruptions due to the hue and cry against HRD minister.
In the Lok Sabha, BJP’s Arjun Ram Meghwal said he along with other members, including Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, had given a notice of breach of privilege against Mr. Scindia, the chief whip of Congress, for ‘misleading’ the House on February 24, 2016.
Mr. Scindia had wrongly alleged that Mr. Dattatreya had called Vemula “anti-national, casteist and extremist,” Meghwal added.
The BJP leader raised the issue amid uproar created by the AIADMK members who were demanding action against former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis issue.
Regarding the issue raised by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien said, “Notice has been received against the privilege motion in office. There is a procedure and we have to comply with that and therefore the notice is under consideration. The chair will get back to you on this subject”.
“She (Ms. Irani) has misled this House and the nation through the House. Not only here, she has misled the country in both the Houses. It is a very, very serious charge,” Mr. Azad said.
Earlier, another Congress leader Bhalchandra Mungekar also sought to know the fate of his notice for Privilege Motion against Ms. Irani given on Monday and insisted on taking action against the Minister.
He raised the issue during Question Hour when his name was called for asking a supplementary question.
Chairman Hamid Ansari asked Mr. Mungekar not to raise any other issue during Question Hour.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav expressed support to the Congress move.
“We all support the Privilege Motion. The Minister has misled the country,” he said.
The issue of Privilege Motion against Ms. Irani had created a brief uproar in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday before Finance Minister Arun Jaitely started presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 with the Opposition seeking to know the status of their notices against Ms. Irani for “misleading” the House on the Vemula issue.
On Monday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had asked Jaitley to present the budget but Congress member K.C. Venugopal stood up and sought to know from the Speaker the status of his privilege motion against the Human Resource Development minister.