The party also wondered if there was a pattern behind agitations in FTII, JNU and UoH

BJP seeks probe into funding for UoH protests says students hold lavish parties everyday File photo
news Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 07:02

The BJP on Friday asked the government to probe the source of funding behind the ongoing agitation of student groups in the University of Hyderabad following Rohith Vemula's suicide and questioned how they were able to pay for the tent and "lavish parties" every day.

It continued to target Congress and the Left parties for "politicising" the Dalit scholar's death, attacking the former's Vice President Rahul Gandhi for not visiting Kerala where a Dalit girl was raped and murdered and the latter for "never" putting a Dalit in the leadership position.

Party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told a press conference that the Joint Action Committee of 14 student groups were paying Rs 5,000 per day for the tent and having lavish parties.

Their protests have been going on since January 17 when Vemula ended his life.

"I will definitely seek intelligence report and ask the government to probe the funding pattern and see if there are any external influences because this Congress-Communist network has conducted its business in academics in this fashion and manner," Lekhi said.

She took a dig at CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury over his demand that Dalits be given quota in private sector jobs, saying his party never put a Dalit in its Politburo in the last 51 years.

She quoted reports to allege that the Left parties were responsible for 51,000 political murders in West Bengal.

"Dalits were always used as foot soldiers but never given leadership," she said.

She wondered if there was a pattern behind agitations in a number of institutions like FTII, JNU and University of Hyderabad.

She blamed those, including faculty members, close to Vemula for not "understanding" or "treating" his depression.

Before Rohith joined the Ambedkar Students' Association (ASA), he was a leader of SFI, affiliated to the CPI(M), and his disillusionment began when he found that the organisation might have given up its faith in god but not in the caste system, Lekhi alleged.

"He quit SFI after he was discriminated for his caste by the so-called comrades who he hoped would deliver him and his people from this wretched social order," she said.

"The upper-caste domination of the Left has severely undermined the Indian Left politics as a whole. The veil of hypocrisy has lifted now from those who have in recent times projected themselves as the champions of tolerance, debate, liberalism," she said later in a statement.

"The BJP is determined to expose the anti-national brigade operating in our educational institutions and bring them to justice. The country demands a high-level probe in their activities and a white paper on their motivations and source of funding," she said.

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