‘anti-Dalit’ BJP should have ordered independent probe: AAP

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New Delhi, Jan. 21 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday alleged that the BJP-led NDA Government’s handling of the situation post Rohith Vemula’s suicide reveals the anti-Dalit mindset of the ruling dispensation and said that an independent inquiry should have been ordered so that all the conspirators are exposed.

AAP leader Ashutosh said the Centre must ensure safety of the Dalits.

“The way this Modi Government is acting; it clearly indicates that it is anti-Dalit. The AAP stands in solidarity with the Dalits and backward,” said Ashutosh.

“One has to take a stand when the ruling government is not doing justice to the backward and that is why we stand behind the backward and demand their safety,” he added.

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The AAP leader further accused the BJP government of politicising the issue.

“They should have ordered for an independent enquiry to probe the matter,” he added.

Ashutosh further urged the Dalit MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take a firm stand on Vemula’s suicide.

“I would urge the Dalit Members of Parliament to come out of the BJP and take a stand on Rohith Vemula’s suicide,” he added.

Ashutosh further lashed out at HRD Minister Smriti Irani for her remark that malicious attempts are being made to make the incident a ‘Dalit v/s non-Dalit’ issue to ignite passions.

Ten professors belonging to SC/ST community have resigned from their administrative posts in the University of Hyderabad, in response to the ‘fabricated statements’ by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani over the Dalit scholar’s suicide.

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Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked ABVP leader Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.

Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.

The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. (ANI)

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