In poll-bound Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior-Chambal region, Rahul Gandhi raises issue of Rohith Vemula's suicide

The region, which saw major caste violence during the April 2 Bharat Bandh, saw Rahul raise the issue of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula’s suicide.

Published: 16th October 2018 01:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th October 2018 04:40 PM   |  A+A-

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Datia. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: After touring Bhopal, Vindhya region and Jabalpur recently, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi embarked on a two-day tour of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior-Chambal region, which is considered as the bastion of party’s campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia.

The region, which saw major caste violence during the April 2 Bharat Bandh, saw Rahul raise the issue of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

“Not only in Madhya Pradesh, but across the country, women and weaker sections, including Dalits, are living in fear and pain. Rohith Vemula only wanted to study, but he was suppressed and forced to end life. The education minister wrote a letter and the government put pressure, prompting him to commit suicide,” he said at a public rally in Datia town.

“In Gujarat, the Dalits are beaten and killed, but the PM doesn’t utter a single world. Similarly, minorities and tribals are beaten and killed, but he remains silent. The PM doesn’t have place for weaker sections and women in his heart. He only has place for rich and industrialists The PM addresses rich businessmen as bhai, including Anil Bhai, Nirav Bhai, and Mehul Bhai, but never addresses farmers and underprivileged lot as bhai. Anyone who doesn’t wear suit-boot can never be bhai (brother) for the PM.”

Mocking at the PM, the Congress president said Modi doesn’t care about the farmers, maybe because they don’t own a private jet or Mercedes car.

Earlier in the day, Rahul started his tour after offering prayers at the Peetambara Peeth that is known for the shrine of Goddess Baglamukhi. He is the third member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, after former PMs Indira and Rajiv Gandhi to offer prayers at the temple.

After addressing a public rally in Datia town, he addressed a rally in Dabra town of Gwalior district, before returning to Gwalior town, where he offered tributes at the memorial of ex-union minister Late Madhavrao Scindia.

Rahul also visited the Achaleshwar Mahadeo temple before embarking on a 12-km long road show that culminated with a public meeting at Phoolbag locality of Gwalior town.


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