The Congress on 18 January called the ruling NDA government ‘anti-dalit’ and demanded removal of the University of Hyderabad vice-chancellor following the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a dalit research scholar.
“The Congress has seen dalits being subjugated in states such as Haryana and Rajasthan. We oppose dalit and backward classes’ oppression in India. The government’s “anti-dalit” mindset was revealed in the last Union Budget when the SC sub plan was reduced by Rs 19,000,” said Congress leader RPN Singh.
“Those involved need to be removed forthwith. The Hyderabad police booked Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and the VC for abetting the suicide of Vemula and they need to be removed immediately,” said Singh while talking to the media.
Accusing the central government of being at the beck and call of the Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he added Prime Minister Narendra Modi never condemned or apologised for Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks against the backward classes.
It may be noted an FIR was lodged against Dattatreya, who wrote a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani on 17 August, branding the students of the University as “anti-national and casteist”.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police detained several students, who were protesting outside the HRD ministry in Delhi to vent their anger over Vemula’s suicide. When the students allegedly broke barricades and pelted stones, the cops used water cannons in a bid to control the situation. The police lathicharged the students and also detained some of them.