Piyush Goyal slams Rahul for ‘petty politics’

New Delhi: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday held a press conference in Delhi to hit out at the Opposition for giving a political angle to the death of Hyderabad Central University student Rohith Vemula and exploiting his mother.

Goyal said, “I received information that Congress President took Rohit Vemula’s family to stages and asked them to make statements.” He stated it as a ‘very low level of politics” saying that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemns all such types of attempts to make a political issue out of a sad incident and that Rahul Gandhi should apologise for this.

Further slamming the congress president he said, his intention should be exposed and it should be checked whether money was offered to the family for doing so.

According to a reports, Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula had on Monday alleged that even though the family had been promised a house by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), there was no progress on the promise. She said that the party took them to Kerala and made them participate in a big meeting where the party promised that it would sanction Rs 20 lakh and construct a house for the Vemulas and a site was also identified at Koppuravuru, located between Vijayawada and Guntur, to build the house but nothing happened.

Radhika then slammed the IUML for using her as a political pawn. She alleged that the IUML gained good political strength because they had projected her as one of the main guests attending their meetings.

Rohith, a Dalit student, committed suicide in January 2016 which had triggered a nationwide protest given his backward class status. However, the one-man judicial commission set up to probe the circumstances that lead to Vemula’s suicide had submitted its report stating that his act was due to ‘personal frustration’, not discrimination.