Rohith was not Dalit, says Sushma Swaraj while Venkaiah Naidu blames Congress for his death


A day after the Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi blamed the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for her interference which allegedly led to the Dalit scholar’s  death in Hyderabad University, the BJP leaders have hit back with counter attack.

Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Venkaiah Naidu said that the reason behind the death of the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula was the Congress’ ‘divisive and vote-bank agenda.’

Addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad, ahead of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, Naidu said, “…It is long misrule and divisive agenda of Congress party and also vote-bank agenda of Congress that has spoilt the social harmony and that’s why incident like Hyderabad (Central) University has happened.”

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He added, “Rohith’s is not the first incident (suicide)…10 (such suicides) incidents have happened during Congress regime. Nobody had time. No Sonia, no Rahul and no Digvijay Singh. Nobody came to Hyderabad Central University. Nobody consoled nor condoled. Suddenly now they are doing drama.”

Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday, had posted several tweets blaming the HRD ministry for Rohith’s suicide.

He said, “It is an interesting day as it is not just Rohith’s birthday but also Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. Nobody has the right to take away the right to search for truth and this is exactly what happened with Gandhiji also and now with Rohith. When you let what has happened to Rohith happen, it will happen to you one day also. My main opposition to Mr Modi and RSS is that they are crushing the spirit of Indian youngsters by imposing their ideas.”

Meanwhile, the Union External Affairs Minister caused another controversy by saying that the deceased scholar wasn’t a Dalit as being projected in the media.

An ANI report from Thane quoted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as saying, “The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a Dalit. By calling him a Dalit student, this whole case has been (made into) a communal incident by some people.”

Rohith’s death earlier this month after being expelled by the university allegedly at the behest of the HRD ministry had caused nationwide outrage. It later emerged that Irani’s ministry had written four letters to the university administration forcing them to take actions against Rohith and four other students for allegedly attacking a leader of ABVP- student wing of the RSS.

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