Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula, entered the University of Hyderabad campus for the first time in two years to pay tribute to her son on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Rohith here on Wednesday. “Smriti Irani, I won’t forgive you. You may change your Ministry but I will never forget you. I’m sending my kids (Dalit-Bahujans) to Parliament where they will question you and haunt you.” Radhika Vemula said.
Targeting the BJP government at the Centre, Radhika Vemula said Dalits and Muslims must vote together against the BJP in the elections. “At Bhima Koregaon, I saw the political mobilization of Dalits in thousands. Seeing the huge Dalit gathering, people in the RSS were scared and created disturbance 10km away,” she said.
Speaking at the Rohith Vemula Shahadath Din, Radhika Vemula said that the central government could not disprove her Dalit identity although it had been two years sinceRohith’s death. “Narendra Modi is not a BC as he claims, he is a Baniya. This truth will come out soon. Who are these people who question me?” she asked.
Radhika Vemula also said that there is a need for the Dalits to unify and reject fascist forces. “Don’t feel safe that none can do anything since this is your government. After the fall of your government it is the Dalit government which is going to be formed,” Radhika said.