JD (U) backs Mayawati’s demands on Rohith Vemula’s suicide probe

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New Delhi, Feb. 24 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday came out in support of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s demand that a Dalit be included in the committee constituted to probe into Rohith Vemula’s suicide in the University of Hyderabad campus.

JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the entire opposition is with the BSP in their demand.

“BSP is demanding that a Schedule Caste should member should be included in the judicial team probing into Rohith Vemula’s suicide. Entire opposition is with them in this. We support this demand,” Tyagi told ANI.

BSP supremo Mayawati had earlier today accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of suppressing the voice of Dalits with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government at the Centre.

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Mayawati said the varsity’s administration, along with the RSS and the BJP, were responsible for Vemula’s suicide. She also requested the government to include a Dalit in the panel constituted to probe into the death of Rohith Vemula.

BSP also forced two adjournments of the Rajya Sabha, creating uproar over the suicide of Vemula and demanding resignation of Union Ministers alleging they were linked with the incident.

Mayawati raised the issue as soon as the House met for the day and said the ‘Dalit students are targeted’.

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 Smriti Irani, seeking action against their ‘anti-national acts’. (ANI)

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