She also made an emotional pitch with regard to the suicide by Dalit student Rohith Vemula of Hyderabad University, insisting that her ministry had no role in his death and the deceased himself had said in his suicide note that nobody should be held responsible for his action.

Replying to the charged day-long debate on recent incidents in JNU and Hyderabad University during which the government faced opposition onslaught, a combative Irani said she was being targeted by Congress for contesting against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi Parliamentary constituency.

"I will not seek forgiveness for doing my duty...you (Congress members) never wanted to listen to my reply", she said aloud, as the Congress members, Left parties and Trinamool Congress staged a walkout as she was speaking.

During last 20 months as Minister, Irani said she tried to do justice to students by trying to address their complaints without asking for their caste or religion.

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