Rohith's suicide: RSS using BJP to suppress voice of Dalits, says Mayawati

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-02-24 12:47 New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of suppressing the voice of Dalits with the help of the BJP-led government at the Centre. Commenting on Rohith Vemula's suicide at the University of Hyderabad, BSP supremo Mayawati said the varsity's administration and students, along with the RSS and the BJP, were responsible for the Dalit student's suicide. "In Hyderabad University issue, our party holds the administration, students, two ministers at the Centre and their RSS organisation responsible for it. This is not the first case of Dalit student suicide in Hyderabad University, even during the Congress regime, several Dalits were oppressed and they committed suicide," she told reporters outside Parliament here. "Dalit students had formed a forum in the name of Baba Sahib Ambedkar. That forum had begun to grow, students were raising their voices against Dalit oppression there, but the current government did not like it. Then RSS with the help from Central government target them, they were oppressed, because of which Rohith Committed suicide," she added. She also requested the government to include a Dalit in the panel constituted to probe Rohith Vemula's matter. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments on Wednesday following uproar over Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati raised this issue as soon as the House met for the day, saying that Dalit students were being targeted. Following Mayawati's statement, other BSP MPs started raising slogans against the BJP-led NDA Government and demanded justice for Vemula's family. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, speaking in the Upper House, said Mayawati wants an answer as to whether the government will include a Dalit person in the Enquiry Committee in Vemula's suicide case. However, the government said it was ready for an immediate discussion followed by a reply by the concerned minister. "We will not respond to things in bits and pieces, there will be a proper discussion," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. "Have a discussion right away sir! Who uses a child as a political tool?" asked Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani. Rohith, who committed suicide last month, was among the five research scholars suspended by the Hyderabad University in August last year over an alleged assault case. The matter took a political turn with allegations that the extreme step taken by Rohith was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya, following his letter to the Union HRD Minister, seeking action against their 'anti-national acts'. (ANI)