New Delhi, June 19: Day after a report claimed that research scholar Rohith Vemula’s mother had accused Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using them for political gains and not fulfilling its promise of sanctioning Rs 20 lakh for building a house, Radhika Vemula, the mother of late Dalit scholar has called the article false. Lashing out at the portal for publishing a ‘false’ report, Radhika said,“No cheque bounced, it was rejected due to an error. I have no problem with them [IUML]. They have given me an advance of Rs 5 lakh for land and promised me Rs 10 lakh more after Ramzan.”
“I will campaign for anyone who is against the BJP. The article is spreading wrong things,” CNN-News 18 quoted Rohit’s mother as saying.
Taking to Facebook, Rohith’s brother also defended his mother and the IUML. He wrote,”This is to clarify that someone hacked my account and trying to defame my mom, Radhika Vemula, by saying that she accepted some amount from IUML party, Kerala to talk against Mr. Modi. That’s bull shit and not true. IUML party promised to help us to build a house as we are poor. And they stand on their word.”
The report published in The News Minute on Sunday had claimed that IUML had promised Radhika Vemula a sanction of Rs 20 lakh for building a house but two years on, the promises are yet to be fulfilled.
Quoting the article, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra had attacked IUML and tweeted,”This is saddening!! Politics over the dead.. Instalments yet to be paid.. It seems while some were eying for gains over an unfortunate Suicide, Truth was the biggest looser!!”
However, IUML leader, MK Muneer defended his party saying,”If the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given their word, we will stick to it. I heard the news that a cheque of Rs 20 lakh that was given to Rohith Vemula’s mother bounced. This has not come to the notice of any of our leaders yet.”
Earlier in 2016, Rohith Vemula’s suicide inside the University of Hyderabad campus triggered a massive outrage with the Opposition terming it a case of atrocities against Dalits. Later a probe by the Andhra Pradesh government clarified that Vemula belong to Other Backward Class (OBC) category not Dalit.