• Associate Sponsor

Rohith Vemula suicide: BJP cites ‘his support for terrorism,’ its Dalit leaders say PM Modi must step in

BJP slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for visiting the Hyderabad campus on Tuesday.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2016 6:58 pm
Rohith Vermula, BJP on Rohith Vermula, Rohith Vermula terrorist, Rohith Vermula anti nationa, Hyderabad University, Congress politics on Dalit suicide, Dalit suicide Students of HCU (Hyderabad Central University) holding a protest demanding justice for Rohit Vemmula. (Source-PTI)

On the day the BJP said the suicide of Rohith Vemula had “nothing to do with Dalit rights or issues” and “the context of the clash between student groups was Rohith’s stand in support of terrorism, including that against the hanging of Yakub Memon”, four of its Dalit leaders, three of them MPs, disagreed with the party stand and said the Prime Minister must intervene in the matter.

BJP national executive committee member and former Union Minister Sanjay Paswan took to Twitter to issue a warning: “the stake holders of power politics must take serious note of rohit vemula episode or be ready to face wrath, revenge, revolt, reactions”.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Paswan expressed displeasure over his own party’s reaction to the incident. “It is damaging. We are doing politics for humanity and society. The reactions should be sensitive, should understand the anguish and anger of the Dalit community.”

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a statement to reassure Dalits of his government’s commitment to their well-being. “There should be a CBI probe into the Hyderabad incident. It should be investigated meticulously and sincerely,” he said.

Read: ABVP leader claimed stomach pain after assault, was operated for appendicitis

Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, BJP MP from Latur, said: “Just because he (rohith) had joined the protests against the hanging of Yakub Memon, you cannot brand him anti-national. This is a democratic country and it is a citizen’s fundamental right to express his views on issues.”

Watch Video: Dalit Student Suicide Takes A Political Turn: A Discussion On The Latest Developments

Ashok Kumar Doharey, BJP MP from Etawah, said “what happened to Rohith was injustice” and “condemnable”. He said he was counting on his party and the Prime Minister. “Our Prime Minister wants to take along everyone. He will take it seriously and will ensure that justice is done to him,” Doharey said.

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, BJP MP from Bijapur, said: “What happened was very bad. And giving it an anti-national colour is also bad. The government should ensure that action is taken against authorities who harassed him. The Prime Minister should intervene.”

Earlier in the day, with protests growing and the Opposition demanding the resignation of Minister of State Bandaru Dattatreya and HRD Minister Smriti Irani, the BJP said the “the context of the clash between student groups was Rohith’s stand in support of terrorism, including that against the hanging of Yakub Memon”.

Rejecting Opposition calls for resignation of the ministers, the BJP maintained that they acted on a “complaint against anti-nationalism and fundamentalism” on the campus. The party’s Telangana unit circulated video clippings and recorded speeches of Rohith which the party alleged “echoed his stand supporting the enemies of the state”.

BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, who belongs to Karimnagar in Telangana, said Rohith’s suicide note was in fact an “ammunition” for his party to “expose” the matter.

“Many of his speeches, of which we have videos, show he had views that supported terrorists like Yakub Memon,” Rao told The Indian Express.

“This incident has nothing to do with Dalit issues or rights just because he was a Dalit… Disciplinary action was taken against Rohith on the advice of the court and even a lenient stand was taken by university authorities by permitting him to the campus except the hostel. The context of the clash between student groups was Rohith’s stand in support of terrorism, including that against the hanging of Yakub Memon,” he said.

According to Rao, Rohith’s letter was “self-explanatory”.

“With this letter, you cannot blame the BJP for his death. He was in conflict with himself… Nowhere in the note has he made any reference to his friends or enemies as the reason for his decision to commit suicide. He writes this: ‘I have no complaints on anyone. It was always with myself I had problems. I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness’.”

At the BJP headquarters, its two national secretaries, Shrikant Sharma and Sidharth Nath Singh, defended Dattatreya and Irani saying the MoS had merely forwarded a complaint about the alleged anti-national activities of some students on the campus to the HRD minister who then referred the matter to the institution for appropriate action.

Sharma said disciplinary action against Rohith and other students had been taken by the university even before the minister’s intervention. Singh said: “It was a complaint against anti-national activities and fundamentalism in the campus. It’s a serious issue and the ministers could not ignore it. If the ministers had ignored it and something had happened, the same people would allege inaction on the complaint.”

The BJP slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for visiting the Hyderabad campus Tuesday. “It is unfortunate that Rahul Gandhi is doing politics over a suicide. Congress has stooped to such a low that it is doing politics over the death of a student. We reject any such demand (for resignation) outright,” Sharma said.

Last year, the BJP was in the dock when Minister of State V K Singh made his controversial dog remark while referring to the killing of two Dalit children in Haryana. “For everything… like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the Central government is responsible… it is not like that,” Singh had said.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    Jan 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm
    Andrew seems like a paid congi stooge
    1. A
      Jan 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm
      Churches are hot beds of antinational or antibjp propaa.. Esp after scanner on conversions, No wonder he was a converted christians, ive had the same vibe from most Christians, now is that a coincidence?
      1. A
        Jan 19, 2016 at 11:13 pm
        If hrd wont interfere, your naxals, kejri and pappu will???/ Duh
        1. B
          Jan 20, 2016 at 12:07 am
          If brahmins can do so much atrocities against humans in this age, just imagine how much they would have done during Mauryan empire. It was due to Brahmin atrocities against humans that the Mauryan empire was brought down. Brahmins are ARYAN immigrants who are always restless if they don't dominate humans. While they liberally use their ton-gue elsewhere. Brahmins are the real ALIENS. They can't stand a non-brahmin who is powerful and knowledgeable. Their history is full of filth!
          1. N
            Jan 20, 2016 at 1:17 am
            Facts first: 90% of the IITians are brahmins. 95% of IIT faculty are brahmins. brahmins get IIT seats by their connections with King WHISPERERS in central agencies. Central brahmin agents knew very well that the IITians will be taken care of by 95% brahmin faculty in IIT. Because brahmin faculty knew the source of their own employment as central brahmin agents. Brahmin central agents also knew very well that none of the brahmin IITians will stay back in India after their study. They also know that India will be deprived of knowledge if patriotic Hindus(note: brahmins are NOT Hindus), patriotic Muslims, patriotic Christians, patriotic Buddhists are allowed to study in IITs. And the central brahmin agents want to make more of their own brahmins as foreign working caste image boosting heads of foreign corporations which will provide more employment for future brahmin IITians. This has been happening since independence irrespective of which party is in the center. It is happening right now too, more so. Raw(pure) brahmins are responsible for all ill in the society. This is not going to stop. For raw brahmins, their foreign image is more important than national interest. To mask that truth from Indian people, they use every opportunity to SHOW OFF that they are more patriotic. One example is that brahmins falsely projecting Muslims as enemies of India and show that only brahmins are the real patriots. We all know who were the collaborators of foreign occupation of Indian sub-continent- brahmins, for which they got ministerial positions in their courts. Example Birbal in Akbar's court. Now the same brahmins are showing that they are against Moguls. If you do some little research one will easily come to know the consution of a ministry in any foreign power that had occupied India, including the British. All these days brahmins were fooling around, using so called filthy state craft of bugger character Chanakya. There seems to be no end to their treachery and criminality, all against law. And that is why they don't allow any reform in judiciary, or politics. Such criminals survive better in a criminal world. So their motto is: develop Brahmins for foreign, destroy indigenous skill and creativity. And that is the same reason India was never allowed to develop any technology what so ever making India ever dependent on foreign powers that gave employment to their brahmins. All this development propaa are BS.
            1. Load More Comments