'Rahul attempting to divide society over student's suicide,' says BJP

BJP slammed the Gandhi scion for trying to politicise' the issue when a probe was on.

Rampur: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to "create gulf" in the society over the alleged suicide of a Dalit scholar at Hyderabad Central University and said no minister is going to resign.

The Union Minister of State for Minorities Welfare also said the Congress Vice President was "politicising" the student's death.

Naqvi slammed the Gandhi scion for trying to "create gulf in the society" on the pretext of the suicide of the scholar when a probe was already in progress.

"It is most unfortunate to generate storms for political gains and that too by a pivot of the political outfit which was thrown out of power by almost the entire nation".

"No minister is going to resign as the hue and cry being generated by disappointed opposition politician (Rahul) was a proof of immense intolerance, and an undesired attempt to divide the society on the basis of casteism and communalism," he said.

Congress vice president and his associates by adopting "cheap politics have an inclination to create hurdles in the development programs launched by NDA government as they have done in recent session of Parliament," the union minister said.

Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide on Sunday night, was among the five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University in August last year and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader.

They were also kept out of the hostel. The MoS also clarified on the demand for minority status for Aligarh Muslim University saying "AMU is a central institution and the matter in this regard was pending in the court hence raising the issue on various forums by different forces was beyond reason and against the spirit of the law."

He stated that there were 12,000 registered minority institutions in India and out of that 2600 alone were in UP while double of the said figure existed as unregistered institutions and, protection and assistance as per constitutional provisions was being provided for the welfare of the minority communities.

The Union Minister also expressed concern over Islamic State’s (IS) emergence in India saying "Indians have understood that IS was not an ideology but a conspiracy to demolish humanity and the entire world is united to combat and crush the menace."

He also disclosed that the Central government has sanctioned construction of a four-lane highway between Rampur and Kathgodam covering over 90 kms which might cost about Rs 1000 crore.

The proposed construction would facilitate tourists to travel to Nainital and other nearby hilly spots.

( Source : PTI )
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