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Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. According to the Congress, three circulars were issued and first circular was issued to the CBSE schools by the HRD ministry on 9 December to celebrate Good Governance Day. Photo: PTI
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. According to the Congress, three circulars were issued and first circular was issued to the CBSE schools by the HRD ministry on 9 December to celebrate Good Governance Day. Photo: PTI

Congress moves privilege motion against Venkaiah Naidu

K.C. Venugopal says Naidu misled Lok Sabha over HRD ministry's circulars to celebrate 'Good Governance Day'

New Delhi: Congress has moved a notice for privilege motion against parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu, alleging that he misled Lok Sabha over human resource development (HRD) ministry’s circulars on celebrating Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday on Christmas as “Good Governance Day".

Congress MP K.C. Venugopal met Lok Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday and moved the notice for privilege motion against Naidu, party sources said. Venugopal has said in the notice that the HRD ministry had issued three circulars to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Navodaya schools and universities, contrary to government’s claim that no circular to celebrate “Good Governance Day" on 25 December was issued to Navodaya schools, they said.

Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia had said on Wednesday that if the ministers were found to be “misleading", his party would use “all options" including a privilege motion.

He had said that the government has several times said in Parliament and outside said that no circular was issued. According to the Congress, three circulars were issued and first circular was issued to the CBSE schools by the HRD ministry on 9 December to celebrate Good Governance Day.

Another circular was sent to Navodaya schools on 10 December and was asked to carry out same activities. Then a third circular was issued to all universities, including the Indian Institute of Management and Indian Institute of Technology on 12 December to celebrate this day," Scindia had said.

The Congress has asked the government to come clean and give an explanation over the issue.

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