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Rahul’s HCU visit an attempt to earn petty political expediency: BJP

india Updated: Jan 30, 2016 10:26 IST
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Rahul Gandhi reached the University of Hyderabad late on Friday night and participated in a candle light march with the students, marking the birth anniversary of Rohith Vemula. (ANI Photo)

BJP slammed Rahul Gandhi on Saturday for the Congress leader’s second visit to the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) campus since controversy erupted over the suicide of a Dalit scholar.

BJP said Congress was politicising the issue and dubbed the visit as “classic politics of vulturisation”.

“Rahul Gandhi and Congress are so politically bankrupt and unemployed that he has to politicise tragic death of a student repeatedly,” Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said.

“Why is Rahul Gandhi not in Chennai, where three girls’ committed suicide almost a week ago,” he asked.

“His desperate attempt to earn some petty political expediency, has brought him back to HCU campus. This is classic politics of vulturisation,” Rao said.

Rahul arrived on the campus shortly after midnight on Friday and took part in a “candle march” organised by the agitating students, spending about two hours with them.

The Dalit scholar, Rohith Vemula would have turned 27 on Saturday.

Congress has been demanding the sacking of HRD minister Smriti Irani and Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, along with removal of vice-chancellor Appa Rao in the wake of the suicide by the Dalit scholar.

This is Rahul’s second visit to Hyderabad since Vemula was found hanging in the varsity’s hostel room.

The Congress vice-president had visited the university on January 19 and met agitating students and the family members of Rohith Vemula.

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