After late Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula levelled fresh charges over his son’s death, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come out and slammed the opposition for exploiting Rohith Vemula. Union Minister Piyush Goyal slammed ‘low level’ politics by Opposition and said ‘opportunistic parties cheated grieving Rohith Vemula’s mother’.
“I was anxious after reading Rohith Vemula's mother's statement. Till when some opposition parties will continue politics over it? The family is not financially stable and fake assurance of money was provided to a distressed mother for political purposes,” said Piyush Goyal.
“Indian Union Muslim League made fake promises to provide them Rs 20 lakh & asked them (Rohith Vemula's family) to address their rallies & misrepresent the unfortunate incident & then not completed that promise,” he added.
Goyal also slammed Rahul Gandhi for doing ‘petty politics’ and also demanded an apology from him.
“I received information that even Congress President took them (Vemula's family) to stages and asked them to make statements. It should be exposed what was the intention behind it & what was offered. Rahul Gandhi should apologise for doing petty politics on pillar of lies,” said the Union Minister.
Earlier in the day, sensational claims were made by Vemula’s mother, who said that promises made to her family were not fulfilled.
“Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) sent us two cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh out of which one has bounced. We informed them & they said they will directly provide us money so that we can buy a house, but the promise remain unfulfilled, “ said Radhika Vemula.
Vemula, a research scholar at the Hyderabad Central University, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a hostel room on January 17, 2016. His suicide had triggered a huge political furore with the then HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, coming under attack along with Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for having written a letter related to the matter.