Rohith's suicide not linked to hostel expulsion: BJP leader

Rohith's suicide not linked to hostel expulsion: BJP leader
Terming the expulsion of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula from Hyderabad University hostel as a "small incident", BJP leader Kailash Vijaywargiya today said he doubts whether this alone led to suicide by the "courageous youth".

"The suicide of Vemula is unfortunate. He was a courageous youth who had a zeal to swim against the tide. Though a probe is on in his death, I don't believe he committed suicide just because of a small incident of his expulsion from the hostel," the BJP General Secretary said.

"I don't think he took the extreme step because he was perturbed over his expulsion," he told reporters here.

"I think those people who are responsible for his suicide are the ones who are agitating to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Once the probe is complete, these people would get exposed," Vijaywargiya maintained.

The 26-year-old scholar committed suicide early last week, a fortnight after he and four other researchers were expelled from the university hostel in connection with an alleged case of assault.

Asked about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi taking part in the agitation over Rohith's death, Vijaywargiya said, "Politics should not be done on the issue. Our political rivals are unable to digest that under Modi's leadership, the country's stature is rising in the world and therefore they are indulging in such acts."

Referring to the issue of making public documents related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, he said, "the earlier Congress-led governments were unable to fulfil this old demand. However, Modi fulfilled the promise he had made to Netaji's family members and because of this his great grandson joined BJP."

The BJP leader, in-charge of poll-bound West Bengal, said the Modi government has made these documents public in national interest so that people know the historical facts related to the legendary freedom fighter.

On the issue of quota, he said "we are of the opinion that society's weaker sections should get the benefit of reservation as before."
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