The battle between human resource development minister Smriti Irani and the Opposition may escalate on Tuesday as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to speak in the Lok Sabha .
Irani, too, is slated to speak in Parliament and might defend her position in the wake of a series of privilege motions against her.
Gandhi, who didn't participate in the debate on incidents related to the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Hyderabad , may take the opportunity to hit out at the government when he speaks on the discussions on the motion to thank the President for his speech.
Gandhi had been very critical of the government over its handling of the JNU students’ protests as well as the Hyderabad incident where Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide.
Gandhi visited both places and stood beside the students, earning flak from the ruling quarters. He was criticised for supporting “anti-national” elements.
Irani too, also targeted Gandhi for supporting students in JNU. In her speech in the Lok Sabha on the students’ issue, Irani questioned if the Congress was attacking her because she dared to contest against Gandhi in Amethi during the Lok Sabha polls.