Kolkata: Workers of the Youth Congress and the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad on Wednesday demanded sacking of union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya and set afire their effigies, protesting the suicide by Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.
A large number of slogan-shouting Youth Congress activists assembled outside Raj Bhavan and held a rally demanding the two ministers’ removal.
The Trinamool Chhatra Parishad organised a demonstration in north Kolkata’s College Street.
Carrying posters demanding exemplary punishment to those responsible for Rohith’s death, the TMCP activists attacked the BJP government at the Centre for the increasing “intolerance” in the country.
At the centre of a row over Dalit research scholar Rohith Venmula’s suicide, central minister Bandaru Dattareya on Wednesday clarified that he did not put pressure on University of Hyderabad to suspend any student.
He said he only forwarded two representations he received from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) to the union ministry of human resources development.
The minister of state of labour and employment said he received a representation from the ABVP on August 10, 2015 and forwarded it to the HRD ministry with a covering letter hoping that the situation in the campus will change for better.