Opposition parties term suicide a national shame, BJP hits back calling it a cheap political stunt
Hyderabad/New Delhi: The political slugfest over the Rohith Vemula’s suicide continued unabated, with Congress and other opposition parties yesterday calling it a ‘national shame’ and unrelenting in their demand for sacking of Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.
Playing politics? Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses protesting students at HCU yesterday. PIC/PTI
The BJP on its part hit back at the opposition parties on their criticism of the Modi government over the incident, claiming they were using the ‘opportunity for cheap political advantage’ while its ally LJP sought an ‘independent probe’ by CBI or some other agency.
“We demand that Union Minister Smriti Irani should be sacked for attempting to hide facts along with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, against whom an FIR has been lodged,” Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters in Delhi.
Insisting that Irani ‘justified the unfairness’ meted out to Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide, and four other suspended Dalit students, Surjewala said, “She is the custodian of all universities. She committed the unpardonable sin of lying to the nation. She spoke a number of lies to cover up a lie.”
Under sharp criticism for suspending five Dalit scholars, including Rohith Vemula, for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader, the Hyderabad University yesterday revoked their suspension. The development in this regard came hours after more than 10 SC/ST teachers of the University resigned from their administrative roles, protesting against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s remarks in Delhi that Dalit faculty members were also part of the varsity’s probe that eventually led to the expulsion of Vemula and four others.
Faculty slams Smriti Irani
HCU professors yesterday slammed HRD Minister Smriti Irani form making a statement that a Dalit headed the committee that expelled five students. Irked by the statement made by Irani on Wednesday, several professors from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes threatened to quit their administrative posts. Both, the teachers and students found several loopholes in Irani’s statement and described it as ‘misleading’ and ‘far from truth’.