As protests continue in the University of Hyderabad after the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, politicians of all hues are making a beeline for the campus visit to express solidarity with the agitating students.
A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri arrived at the University on Wednesday.
“ It is not abetment of suicide, it is straight forward murder, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said at the Hyderabad University campus.
Rohith Vemula Suicide case: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury at University of Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/MVX7km7Lbe— ANI (@ANI_news) January 20, 2016
“What has happened in the Hyderabad University is completely obnoxious. This is something that cannot be accepted and cannot be tolerated. This runs contrary to the fundamental feature of the Indian Constitution. Therefore, action should be taken against all those who are involved, including two Cabinet Ministers in the Centre, the Labour Minister, the HRD Minister and the Vice Chancellor,” Yechury added.
YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who met Rohith’s mother and brother at their house, also assured all support to the family.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to visit the university on Thursday.
Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O’Brien and Pratima Mondal spent two hours on the campus on Tuesday night, interacting with the four Dalit scholars suspended along with Rohith as well as the agitating students.
The parliamentarians will visit the campus again on Wednesday to address the students at the site of their hunger strike.
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi also visited the campus on Tuesday and expressed solidarity with the agitating students.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Tammineni Veerabhadram was also present on the campus when Rahul Gandhi addressed the students.
Veerabhadram, a Telangana state secretary of the CPI (M), sat along with the students who are on a relay fast to demand the resignation and arrest of central minister Bandaru Dattatreya and vice chancellor Appa Rao.
However, students said they had no faith in these leaders.
“We have no hope in these political leaders (visiting the campus). We would continue our agitation till all the culprits are punished,” Ayub Rehman, convener, Ambedkar Student Association (ASA) told Hindustan Times.
BJP Telangana chief Kishan Reddy said that the student’s death issue is being politicized. The Telugu Desam Party – an ally of BJP – has been largely silent on the issue.
Students want immediate removal of the vice chancellor Podile Appa Rao and action against union minister Bandaru Dattatreya who had in August last year written to the ministry of human resource development on the “anti-social, anti-national activities of the Ambedkar Student Association” which led to the suspension of the five students.
With inputs from Agencies