24, Feb 2016
Feb 24, 2016 |
• : Age Correspondent
• New Delhi
Will retire if any varsity VC accuses me of saffronising education, said Smriti Irani.
New Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that she would retire from active politics if any vice-chancellor of a University accuses her of “saffronising education”, while debating the Rohith Vemula suicide and JNU issue in the Lok Sabha.
“There still are many VCs appointed by UPA, I challenge that even if one of them says I do saffronisation I will leave politics,” said a furious Irani, who hit out at the Opposition for politicising the death of Vemula.
“No attempt was made to take Rohith Vemula to a doctor, his body was used as political tool,” Irani added.
An emotional Smriti Irani said she had taken the issue personally and challenged the Opposition to prove that she had meted out justice based on the caste of a student.
“I am taking it personally and I will tell you why, I will tell you how they have used a child, I had called the Chief Minister KCR as soon as the I came to hear the news of Vemula’s death. It’s his government, I called to ask for assistance to prevent any law and order situation in the state. But my call was turned down, I was told ‘sir is busy, he cannot talk now’, and I am not making this up, my call is on record,” she said.
Irani claimed that she had even spoken to KCR’s daughter on the issue and that never received a call back from the Chief Minister.