Congress president Sonia Gandhi will chair a strategy meeting with the senior leaders of her party today ahead of another turbulent Parliament session as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gave a breach-of-privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against the Congress' chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia for having made "defamatory" remarks against Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.
Earlier, the Congress had also moved a breach-of-privilege motion against Union Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani alleging that she had misled the House with her statement over Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide.
Dattatreya yesterday accused Scindia of 'tarnishing his image' and said that he never mentioned Vemula's name in the letter sent to the HRD Ministry. "I never mentioned Rohith's name (in the letter to the HRD Ministry). I never mentioned any student's name or any organisation of the university as casteist or anti-social or anti-national element. Scindia has tarnished my image," Dattatreya told the reporters here.
Scindia had on February 24 accused the BJP-led government of creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the country and alleged that efforts were on to crush any opposing point of view. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Scindia demanded action against Irani and Dattatreya over Vemuala's suicide.