NEW DELHI -- Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today triggered an uproar in the Rajya Sabha by raising Rohith Vemula's suicide, with lawmakers from her party shouting "Dalit virodhi sarkar" (anti-Dalit government) in the Well of the House.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned multiple times on the second day of the Budget Session.
"Dalit virodhi ye sarkaar, nahin chalegi, nahi chalegi, Ambedkar virodhi ye sarkaar, nahin chalegi, nahin chalegi," BSP lawmakers shouted over and over again.
"Rohith ke pariwar ko nyay do (Give justice to Rohith's family)," they said.
During the course of the Budget Session, opposition parties are closing ranks against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government over three issues: the arrest of students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in a sedition case, the violent Jat agitation over quota in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, and Vemula's suicide at the University of Hyderabad.
Irate over the Modi government's handling of the Dalit student's suicide, last month, Mayawati demanded the sacking of the university's Vice Chancellor, resignation of two union ministers, and the inclusion of a Dalit member in the Enquiry Commission probing the incident.
"Dalit students are being targeted," she said.
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani accused the Opposition of using "a child as a political tool."