Rohith Vemula issue may washout Budget session: Shiv Sena editorial

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The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece on 2 February said it feared that Rohith Vemula suicide issue that  refuses to die down and might lead to a complete washout of the Budget session of Parliament this year.

“With the Budget session hardly a fortnight away, it seems that the whole session will be wiped out over Vemula’s, a Dalit research scholar, suicide. There will soon be Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and thus maximum political mileage will be extracted by all concerned,” said an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

Expressing grief over Vemula’s suicide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had remarked that “We have lost a son of the soil.”

Criticising a senior BJP leader for his comments against Vemula, the ally said the high command should clarify if the student was a son of the soil or a “supporter of terrorists”.

While expelling Vemula after a Union minister’s intervention may be termed as a disciplinary act, why wan’t he allowed to put forth his views, the Sena asked.

“In our country, talks are carried out with Assam’s ULFA and pacts are made with Nagaland’s terrorist outfits. Naxalites, and Maoists are invited for talks and so do terror elements,” said the editorial.

Not only this, dialogue with Pakistan is also on and the Supreme Court works burns midnight oil to deliberate if 1993 Mumbai serials blasts convict Yakub Memon should be hanged,” it said.

“Inspite of all this, why was Vemula not given a chance to put forth his views despite his numerous pleas,” asked the Sena.