As the tempers soar between the NDA and the Opposition over the death of a Dalit scholar in Hyderabad University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, there has been intense debate over what should be the text of the motion to discuss these issues.
The Lok Sabha is yet to finalize the motion of the debate, sources told HT. While Left and some other parties have demanded discussions on the JNU and Rohith Vemula issue in the context of “ultra-nationalism” or “fake nationalism”, a section of the BJP wants the debate to focus on “the rise of anti-national forces”.
Meanwhile, the government has also accepted the Opposition’s demand that not only the human resource minister Smriti Irani, but home minister Rajnath Singh too, must reply to the debate.
The JNU controversy, where the Opposition had slammed the government over the controversial sedition charges against some students, will come up for discussions in the Lower House on Wednesday.
The Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday, will debate the JNU and Hyderabad university issue under the motion “to raise a discussion on the situation arising in the Central Institutions of higher education with specific reference to Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Hyderabad.”
While the different parties are keeping their powders dry for the debate in the afternoon, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati may move a separate motion on Tuesday morning to specifically focus on the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemulla in Hyderabad University.
Mayawati, with an eye on her core vote base, want to use the opportunity to consolidate her position in the Dalit vote bank.