The suicide of Rohit Vemula, research scholar at Hyderabad Central University has rocked Rajya Sabha as the BSP MPs cornered the government saying that the Modi government is anti-dalit. Well before JNU issue is mentioned, she lambasted the government accusing it of driving a young promising scholar to death. She along with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad wanted the Chairperson to take up Rohit and JNU issues separately for which government said no. Amid uproarious scenes, the first day was washed out and adjourned for the day.
The House was repeatedly adjourned and tempers ran high whenever the House met for brief periods and even saw clashes between Mayawati and HRD Minister Smriti Irani who accused the opposition of using a “dead child” (Rohith) as “a political tool and strategy”.
Mayawati, who wanted inclusion of a Dalit member in a committee that is probing Vemula’s death, accused the government of trying to “neglect” his issue, while Irani said she was ready to reply to all questions and if the BSP leader was not satisfied, “I am ready to behead myself and lay it on your feet.”