HYDERABAD/GUNTUR, JUNE 21: The mother of Rohith Vemula, a research scholar at the University of Hyderabad who committed suicide 2 years ago due to alleged caste-based discrimination, on Wednesday blamed PM Narendra Modi for her son’s death and refuted allegations that she was offered money to speak against him.
“It is absolutely false that I was paid by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) to speak against Modi. What is the need for it? I would anyway speak against him as he killed my son,” said Radhika Vemula. “This is how the Sangh forces try to defame us. I am ready to support anyone who fights against the BJP.”
Her statement came hours after BJP accused “opposition parties” of “using Vemula family for political gains”. She clarified that IUML had promised to help them with funds to build a house but it had nothing to do with her campaigning for the party in Kerala. “My support was based on their ideology and their fight against the BJP,” she said.
Radhika said her family wanted to construct a house on a piece of land the Retired IAS Officers Association promised to donate. “The IUML leaders assured to send the money once we got the land registered,” she said. “We later decided to purchase a flat as there was a delay in getting the land from the Association and we communicated the decision to IUML leadership. They sent us 2 cheques for Rs 2.5 lakh each. Initially, 1 cheque was dishonoured. But eventually, the error was rectified and we have paid advance to buy an apartment in Guntur.”
The IUML took a dig at the BJP saying it was playing cheap politics and trying to defame Muslim league. “Radhika Vemula attended meetings of various political parties and spoke against BJP. Does this mean all parties paid her to talk against BJP and Modi? These rumours are just part of dirty politics being played by Modi and his party,” said CK Subair, (general secretary of Youth Wing of Kerala unit of Muslim League). Subair said they had built houses for thousands of homeless people in Kerala and Jharkhand under their Baithu Rahma Project and offered Radhika Vemula a house under that scheme. (TNN)