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Venkaiah Naidu: Rohith's Not First; 10 Such Suicides Have Happened During Congress Rule

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In a blistering attack on Congress, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today accused it of doing 'tamasha' politics over the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula, and asserted that the party never bothered about Dalits during its own rule.

"...It is long misrule and divisive agenda of Congress party and also vote-bank agenda of Congress that has spoilt the social harmony and that's why incident like Hyderabad (Central) University has happened," Naidu said addressing a public meeting here ahead of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections.

"Rohith's is not the first incident (suicide)...10 (such suicides) incidents have happened during Congress regime.

Nobody had time. No Sonia, no Rahul and no Digvijay Singh.

Nobody came to Hyderabad Central University. Nobody consoled nor condoled. Suddenly now they are doing drama," the Union Parliamentary Affairs minister alleged.

On Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi holding a fast on HCU campus yesterday over the suicide by Dalit student Vemula on January 17, he said, "When you were in power you never bothered to think about Dalits. A Dalit family committed suicide in Warangal (a district in Telangana). You never bothered to visit and condole and console."

"In the same university, 10 children committed suicide but you never bothered to come to Hyderabad. There was no question of offering dharna because your own government was there (in power)," the senior BJP leader said.

"You were silent then and violent now. This is all 'tamasha' going on. Congress party is doing 'tamasha' politics," Naidu alleged.

"Why didn't you remember then. Now you have lost power and now you are free and that's why you are doing dharna here (in HCU). Is this a joke?" he asked.

He also called for keeping educational institutions out of politics.

You were silent then and violent now. This is all 'tamasha' going on.

"Don't do cheap politics. Let us not do that...let us not do injustice to the children. Let university campus be kept out of politics. Focus should be on education on the campus and that is the change we are striving for. They are doing injustice to Rohith's soul by their acts," he said.

Naidu stressed that there is need to take preventive, corrective and appropriate action to see to it that universities get rid of caste and communal politics and also of anti-social elements.

"That should be the duty of every political party. But doing cheap and caste politics...only Congress and its allies can do it," he claimed.

"You are not stopping Modi, but creating hurdles in the development of this country. You are causing loss to the poor people. Congress should know this and I am hopeful that the party will realise it shortly," the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.

You are not stopping Modi, but creating hurdles in the development of this country.

"NDA government is doing good work. The country is progressing. Market is also picking up and there will be more measures for welfare of the poor," he said.

"Good days ('achche din') have come and better days are ahead. Congress asked where are the good days. I said there are no good days for you, but bad days," he said, adding, people gave Congress the mandate to sit in the opposition, "but you are not ready".

Ready for Selfless Service

Over Congress' attacks on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Venkaiah said, RSS means "Ready for Selfless Service".

"RSS is the most upright and patriotic organisation in the country. We are all proud (of it). Yes, we were all brought up by RSS and that is why we got this character, calibre, conduct, discipline, dynamism and devotion," the senior BJP leader said.

He also said Congress, which had followed "divisive and vote-bank agenda" and encouraged parties such as MIM and Muslim League, has no "moral right" to criticise RSS.

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