Oppn seek Smriti’s apology on ‘objectionable’ comments in RS

New Delhi (PTI): Opposition parties today sought an apology from HRD minister Smriti Irani for reading out in Rajya Sabha “objectionable” comments made outside against a god, as she defended herself saying she was asked for proof of her statements against JNU students.

BJP members also hit back at the Congress saying the opposition party was raising the issue due to the criticism of its Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his visit to JNU.


As the House met for the day, Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma raised a point of order saying the Constitution and rules do not permit anything to be raised in the House which is blasphemous and can hurt religious sentiments.

Irani, he said, had read out “insulting” comments made against Goddess Durga “verbatim” in the House hurting sentiments and sought a ruling from the Chair as to whether such comments made outside Parliament against any religious figure or a deity can be read out inside the House.

Members of other opposition parties also agreed with K C Tyagi of JD(U) demanding that Irani should unconditionally apologise for the comments read out by her.

Irani, however, remained unfazed by the criticism and asserted that she herself was a “practising hindu and a Durga worshipper”.

The HRD minister also insisted that she had read out the comments from authenticated documents from JNU as she was repeatedly being asked to explain what was the evidence against students accused of anti-national acts, which some parties were giving respectability to.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad then said it is a “very serious issue” and the “minister should apologise for what she said yesterday.”

Azad said there were campaigns against many religious figures but all this cannot be raised in the House.

Coming to his colleague’s defence, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attacked Congress and other opposition parties saying it had become a pattern for them to seek a Short Duration Discussion, a couple of Calling Attention Motions and an apology in every session while showing no interest in legislative business.

He also said that Congress was raising the issue as its Vice President was criticised for supporting those indulging in activities against the nation.

As the two sides indulged in heated exchanges, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said there has been a tradition that nothing blasphemous or anything against any community will be raised in the House. He assured members that he would go through the records and expunge anything blasphemous.


  1. Do these Congress hypocrites and CPM has guts to question the JNU students who wrote bad about Goddess Durga? They have lost their minds and are making fools out of themselves by showing their foolish behavior to the nation.

  2. Ms. Irani, at first you will have to apologize to the nation in your serial acting to take away the Christmas holiday in 2014 when you sat at the royal seat of authority. Also, you will have to tell that openly, whether you did that in your own will by yourself or you were pressured by somebody above you. This event will remain as debt for ever until apologized openly.

  3. The Drama I watched( speech by the HRD minister) was scripted and appeared to be a TV soap opera.

    Half truths cannot be truths. The real issue was subverted and issue of pamplets raised by minster in my opinion was rightly condemned by the opposition.

    The real debate was – about freedom of expression in the Universities. The real debate was needed to address if the Video was doctored. The real debate needed answers to the letter written by the HRD minister pressurizing the University officials.

    The real debate needed to address : if the student leaders only fault was to have a different point of view other than ABVP.
    In my personal view: the quantum of response to some fringe group of students exploiting the protest to shout anti India slogans was very disproportionate.
    It will be a very high embarrassing moment for the government if the investigation reveals that indeed this turns out to be true. Surely our country is much secure and strong to withstand some fringe Kashmiri students shouting anti-India slogans?
    It is not right to get worked up and brand everyone as anti-national if some others who created mischief.
    What is troubling to me is – the way the honorable HRD minister instead of addressing the real issue and if there were mistakes by the administration, duly acknowledging and moving ahead to do business of the parliament, did go to great lengths, try to bring in the pamphlet issues to cause hurt religious sentiments of people.

    Surely BJP government has serious issues like budget and economy to worry about ? China’s steady decline means there is decline in the sensex and as the RBI governor rightly pointed out negative aftershocks to Indian economy. Surely these issues are important?
    Or is it that the government is trying to hide the bitter pill and giving us the India is shining mantra?

  4. Dear readers,

    Addressing a press conference, Rohith’s mother said, “Smriti Irani is lying and diverting issue, he never received the stipend for seven months. Letters that were forwarded from HRD Ministry indicated that students were branded as anti-national and extremists. I demand an explanation as to how my son became anti-national and extremist.”

    Rohith Vemula suicide: Smriti Irani is lying, says Dalit scholar’s mother

    “PM Modi said India has lost her son. I want to ask him, if India has lost her son, same son was branded as anti-national, same son was branded as extremist by your Cabinet Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, what action has PM Modi taken against him?”

    “This is not my submission. This is what the police said. No one allowed a doctor near this child, to revive this child. Instead, his body was used as a political tool. No police was allowed till 6:30 am the following morning. Who tried to help this child?” she asked.

    Rohith’s brother Raja dubbed Irani’s comments as “blatant lies”, saying he reached the campus by 8.30pm and saw police and doctors where his body was kept.

    This small screen actress who is famous for ‘Sas bhi kabhi bahu thi’ with multiple fake degrees,is now adamant finishing the careers of many young student with false tag of ‘anti national.The Union minister who proudly said “I myself am a practicing Hindu and a Durga worshipper” in the parliament, why does she need Parsi name attached to her name is the question?

    Moreover what prompted Minister to right a letter which led to the death of Suicide is great mystery?

    Jai Hind

  5. “Constitution and rules do not permit anything to be raised in the House which is blasphemous and can hurt religious sentiments” – report quoting some illiterate Congress leader.

    Blasphemous????? When did India turn into sharia society? There is no blasphemy in sanaathana dharma. That’s why minorities in India can make fun of Hindu gods and goddesses without any fear of punishment. That’s why nobody gets killed or beheaded over a cartoon of Ganapathi or Raama.

    Are these congress leaders and their minority vote bank trying to impose sharia-like intolerance in Bharateeya society? Also, if these characters are so worried about ‘religious sentiments’, why didn’t they say a word when hindus were targeted by Bollywood movies, ‘brave’ social activists and bigots in religious minority groups? What a joke!!!

  6. No need to apologize for anything. This opposition is only interested to discuss useless issues for their vote bank politics. Not interested in development and they never allow to pass any bills in the parliament.

  7. Contrary to the mis-representation and erroneous portrayal of ” every one protesting at JNU guilty” of anti-India slogans, and passing judgment based on this in my point of view is not correct.

    It does not make sense to me to brand all others ( other than BJP , ABVP, et al) as less patriotic. Therefore physical attack by the lawyers in the court premises on the student leader ( alleged to have but denies and proof is lacking that he shouted anti-India slogans) is indeed having a rigid view.

    The whole machinery, think tank, brains – were used to muddle up the issue and portray the opposition and leftist as anti-national. I did watch the debate . It is incorrect to pass judgement ( without witnessing the live or recorded version of the debate). I was appalled to see the different versions in certain sections of the print media. Surely they write after being convinced that there was indeed sedition by believing the doctored video( the news clipping is not conclusive).

    Sure there were the fringe group of Kashmiri trouble makers – the debate should instead focus on them and move on. Any religious insults deserve condemnation. No one has the right to hurt the sentiments of majority or minority religions. Why bring the unrelated issue when the focus was the arrested student leader? Does this mean all those who protest and have different views will also get tarnished with sedition as well as blasphemy?

    Every one has the freedom to practice religion of their choice and religious sentiments are to be respected. The way the PM remains aloof when his ministers have been passing comments like : ” if you eat beef go to Pakistan” does make me wonder if he is a puppet.

    The opposition has rightly condemned the way the HRD ministers controversial comments. Hats off to the opposition parties especially Yechuri.

    Easiest thing would be for every one to admit errors ( or lapses in procedures) the way the situation at the University was handled and have consensus and move ahead.

    Nationalism should be that of Tolerance, Accomodation and Mediation(TAN). Intolerance to differing views, biased noninclusive culture( enemy within mindset) in europian countries led to persecution of Jews, wars and unrest. Gandhiji once the inevitable partition occurred( beyond his control) he did rightly understood that freedom struggle was carried out by every one( not the only majority community), however his democratic approach did not suit the intolerant few.

  8. Dear readers,

    There you go. Smriti Irani, your cover has been blown – again!

    This “Yale Graduate”, have proved once again that you just make a lot of noise and act on the premise that if you shout loudly enough, harping on falsehood, many people will believe that you are speaking the truth.

    The “child’s” family has said you have lied. Have you? The “child” was declared dead by the chief medical officer on duty soon after he died, yet you insist no one was allowed to go near his body for close to 24 hours! Why?

    You’ve made a mockery of Parliament, of our democracy. You think the voters are fools. We are not. In spite of the “bhakts” and the trolls, we are still a sane nation that values sense.

    Rohith’s family calls you a liar, Smriti Irani. Stop mocking Parliament

    Jai Hind

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