HRD should not be blamed: Kushwaha on dalit student’s death

, 9:26 AM IST

New Delhi: The HRD Ministry should not be blamed for the suicide by a dalit scholar of Hyderabad Central University as it concerns the institution, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha today said while assuring that action will be taken on basis of the report of a fact-finding committee.

Commenting on the massive row over the death of the student, the Minister of State for HRD said the ministry has already set up the fact-finding committee.

“That committee will tell what is the issue all about… whatever action the ministry has to take as per the facts that come out after the committee examines the issue. The issue seems to be of administrative nature and one that concerns the institution. Why should HRD ministry be targeted for this?” Kushwaha said.

The suicide by Rohith Vemula of Hyderabad University today snowballed into a major issue with BJP’s rivals wading into it and demanding the removal of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.