Rohith Vemula’s mother meets Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: The mother of Rohith Vemula, a PHD scholar who committed suicide in the Hyderabad University, on Saturday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, a day after accusing Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani of misrepresenting facts related to her son’s death.

Radhika Vemula, who yesterday accused the government of diverting the attention from the main issue, also met senior Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi.

The friends and family members of Rohith Vemula had yesterday, at a press conference in Delhi, said that they would expose the lies propagated by Irani in the Parliament.

Accusing Irani of lying and attempting to divert attention from the entire issue, Radhika Vemula said that her son did not receive the stipend for seven months.

Rohith’s friend Prashant quoting the HRD Minister’s earlier statement said this is a complete lie that has malicious intent to divert the entire issue which has started troubling the BJP. Prashant also wondered as to why no action has been initiated against the HRD Minister, who is repeatedly giving false statements, yet.

Rohith, who committed suicide last month, was among the five research scholars suspended by the Hyderabad University in August last year over an alleged assault case.

The matter took a political turn with allegations that the extreme step taken by Rohith was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya, following his letter to the Union HRD Minister, seeking action against their ‘anti-national acts’. (ANI)