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Vemula was not denied scholarship money, asserts says Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani

New Delhi: Amidst allegations and counter claims on the inclusion of a Dalit member in the committee to probe the suicide of HCU Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Union Minister for Human Resource and Development, maintained that he was not denied scholarship.

“The impression being created that Rohith was denied his scholarship money is wrong. Rohith is deceased and it’s best we don’t read the FIR report in Parliament. His mother’s only plea was that a judicial inquiry made into his death and justice be served. The allegation that there was no SC member in the executive council probing the suicide is also incorrect,” Irani said.

Earlier in the day, the house was divided and caught in furore over Irani’s ‘remarks’ on Goddess Durga. Congress leader Anand Sharma said that no work will be done till Union Minister Smriti Irani apologises. “No work will be done till Smriti Irani apologises,” said Anand Sharma.

The Minister said that she was a “practising Hindu and Goddess Durga worshipper”.

“I read it because I was asked to explain what is the truth. I said it with a lot of pain. I myself am a practising Hindu, I myself am a Durga worshipper. These are authenticated documents from the university itself,” Irani said. However, the opposition continued to demand for an apology.

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