Coming down heavily on Smriti Irani’s speech in Lok Sabha, the family of the diseased scholar Rohit Vemula said the minister was actually trying to divert the core issue in an attempt to save BJP, which is the actual culprit.
The speech in Parliament on the research scholar’s suicide a set of “absolute lies”, the family and friends said. “Smriti Irani, this is not a serial, this is real life. Bring out the facts, don’t fabricate them,” said Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula in Delhi, flanked by her other son and Rohith’s friends.
Contending Smriti’s words that no doctor was allowed to test the body or no one was allowed to take him to hospital,Rohith’s brother Raja said: “These were absolute lies. The intent was to divert focus from an issue that has started troubling the BJP.”
Raja Vemula also rubbished reports that Rohith was not a Dalit. “I was born a Dalit, raised as a Dalit, I suffered discrimination as a Dalit and now there are doubts being raised on whether Rohith was Dalit” he said.