"Our children are not vote banks." Smriti's fiery response to Rohith’s death

| Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:17
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Smriti Irani

"My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste."

New Delhi: The first working day of the Budget Session of Rajya Sabha saw emotional outbursts. 
HRD Minister Smriti Irani took on the opposition today in Parliament, hitting out at them for targeting her for the suicide of Hyderabad research scholar student, Rohith Vemula.
In an emotional speech in Parliament, Smriti said, "My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste." 
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Rubbishing allegations of Rohith being persecuted because he was a Dalit, Smriti said, "Our children are not vote-banks; they are the country’s future."
The HRD minister’s 50-minute speech saw her choke a couple of times. “Yes, I am taking it personally,” she said. She also attacked Rahul Gandhi and accused him of supporting ‘anti-nationals’. “Even Indira Gandhi had lost power but her sons didn't support anti-India slogans,” Smriti said.
Last month, the 26-year-old student research scholar, Rohith Vemula committed suicide at the Hyderabad University. This was following his being banned from the hostel and some areas on the campus, because he had supposedly attacked an ABVP activist.

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