Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has left for Hyderabad to meet the family of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit PhD scholar who committed suicide in his hostel room. Vemula, 27, was among the five students suspended by the university in August last year. He had complained that the college had stopped paying him the monthly stipend for his research fellowship.
Rohith’s suicide has sparked massive protests in Hyderabad and elsewhere. An FIR was filed against Union Minister and local MP Bandaru Dattatreya for abetment to suicide.
Rahul will also be meeting the students of the university over the matter and will be accompanied by party general secretary Digvijaya Singh.
The Congress had accused the BJP dispensation of having an “anti-Dalit agenda and mindset” and said the death of the scholar was “deliberately orchestrated by Dattatreya, Union HRD Ministry and their cohorts of ABVP”.
“Now an FIR has been registered against the Union Minister and the letter written by him prima facie amounts to abetment of suicide, Congress demands that Dattatreya resigns with immediate effect, failing which the Prime Minister should sack him”, party spokesman R P N Singh had said on Monday.
At the same time, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ANI, “It is important to rub balm on the wounds. But Rahul is going there to Hyderabad to sprinkle salt.”
(With PTI inputs)