On Sunday, a Dalit scholar, Rohit Vemula committed suicide by hanging himself in the hostel of University of Hyderabad after being expelled by the University board, along with four other Dalit students.
The issue took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against dalit students at the behest of Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya , who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their "anti-national acts".
It was reportedly HRD Ministry and Dattatreya's nudge that reportedly lead to Rohit Vemula's expulsion last year.
Though Irani said the government neither intervenes in the functioning of the university nor does it have any administrative control over it, Twitter seems to be angry and wants her to be sacked.
Here are few of the reactions:
Role of ministers is policy formulations, not interfering in administrative matters. #SackSmritiIrani— Abdulla Madumoole (@AMadumoole) January 19, 2016
Smriti Irani never visited any college. She doesn't know what it takes to reach to phd level. #sacksmritiirani— Sudhanshu (@Sudshek) January 19, 2016
Smriti Irani is busy wasting time in Amethi, no time for HRD.Just promoting ABVP and RSS in the campuses.#SackSmritiIrani— Vinay Dokania (@vinaydokania) January 19, 2016
#SackSmritiIrani so that she can go back & finish her Schooling properly.— Swami (@mohitraj) January 19, 2016
Is there a better proof for BJP being anti Dalit and Anti poor #SackSmritiIrani— Abel Sabu (@abelsabu1) January 19, 2016
#SackSmritiIrani Modi Govt is at WAR wid even Students. FTII, JNU, DU and now Hyd University. India, Next Time Vote WISELY!— जयश्री (@AAPkSaath) January 19, 2016