New Delhi: A day after a key education Bill
was deferred because of opposition from MPs from Congress and
other parties, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today said he would
not blame anybody for failure to pass it and hoped the
proposed legislation would be passed in the Winter session.
Putting up a brave face on the issue, Sibal expressed
determination to work for building the future of children.
"I am willing to take every responsibility for whatever
happened. I think it is very ungracious for me to blame
anybody," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function
Sibal faced an embarrassing situation in the Rajya Sabha
yesterday when Congress member Kesava Rao, joined by members
from other parties, attacked him for his "hurry" to get House
to pass the Education Tribual Bill which has already adopted
by the Lok Sabha.
In view of the opposition, the minister did not press for
Later in the evening, he met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to apprise him of the developments.
Asked whether he raised with the Prime Minister the issue
of poor floor management in the House, Sibal said "I informed
him what happened in the House as a minister. Nothing more
He said before taking up the Bill which provides for
setting up of a tribunal to decide on conflicts in the
education sector, he had consulted Opposition members both in
the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
"The House wanted more debate on the issue and we agreed.
We will debate further in the winter session. It will be
passed in the Rajya Sabha," he said.
Sibal said he presented all the facts before the House
regarding the Bill within the time given to him. "The House
still wanted further discussion and I had no objection to
this," he said.
When asked about the stiff opposition to the Bill
including from Congress members, he said that as a Minister,
he respected the mood of the House.
"I have respect for my colleagues. Whatever they say, I
have great respect for them. They are member of the Congress
party. I have no desire to criticise anybody."
He said their resolve was to build the future of the
children and it was with this intend that would go ahead with
"We have started the work with an intention and we
will carry ahead with the same intention. If we want to mould
the future our children, we will do it. People who want to
object, they will do that. This is a democracy," he said.
He said he has no plans to meet Congress President
Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue.
Noting that he was against any anger or division when
the issues are related to the education sector, Sibal said
that any decision he takes "is in the interest of that
He underlined the matter related to the future of the
country`s children. "I do not wish to bring any partisan
agenda in the area of education. I have no desire to do so.
The only thing I look at education education reforms is the
face of that child."
The HRD Minister said this was not the time to criticise
because it will bring out division.
"In the area of education, I do not want anger nor
division nor politics. I want that child`s face and I want to
see a smile on his or her face."
He said it was upto the people to judge and decide about
those voted for the Bill in the Lok Sabha but later changed
stance in the Rajya Sabha.