Students selective in support of Dalit cause: Udit Raj

Updated - September 23, 2016 03:21 am IST

Published - January 27, 2016 03:10 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Youth Congress and NSUI students staging a protest at Delhi University. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Youth Congress and NSUI students staging a protest at Delhi University. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dalit face and Northwest Delhi’s MP Udit Raj on Sunday criticised the students agitating over the suicide of scholar Rohith Vemula for being “selective” in their support to the cause of the Dalits. Slamming the Opposition for “faking” solidarity, Mr. Raj alleged that they were trying to gain political mileage out of the issue.

The MP, who is also the national chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, questioned why it takes the death of a Dalit for people to express their outrage.

Speaking to The Hindu , he said: “I am against this selective support of the students as well as the Opposition parties. The state of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh is the worst. Officials are being demoted all of a sudden for no reason and forget reservations, students fail to get a seat even if they make it through the general merit list. Why is nobody looking into those issues?”

The MP demanded a thorough probe into the suicide of Rohit Vemula, research scholar of the University of Hyderabad.

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