NEW DELHI: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had left for Hyderabad on Friday evening to join the candle-march protest organized by the student groups in Hyderabad Central University, to protest against the involvement of the Union ministers in the university affairs, which led to the suicide of a dalit student Vemula Rohith.
General secretary of the Indian National Congress party, Digvijay Singh had confirmed the participation of Rahul Gandhi and added that the Congress party would fight for justice along with the students. “Yes, Rahul will participate in the candle-march. Not only that, he will also take part in the dharna on Saturday, till 6pm”.
This will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Hyderabad, after his first on January 19th when he met Student organizations and family members of the Dalit scholar Vemula Rohit.
Various student organizations in HCU have been demanding for the expulsion of the Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, Union Labor Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and HCU Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao for allegedly taking part in the series of events, which eventually led to the suicide of Phd student Rohith.
On the other hand, opposition parties including the Indian National Congress have pledged their support to the HCU students and demanded for the resignation of accused Union Ministers. Meanwhile, the Central Government has formed a single-member panel headed by retired Allahabad court judge, Justice Ashok Kumar to investigate into the incident in detail. The judge has been given a three months time to submit his final report.