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Dalit student suicide: Politicians head to Hyderabad as protests escalate

IANS 20 Jan 2016, 10:39:22 IST

Hyderabad: As protests continue in the University of Hyderabad after the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, politicians of all hues are making a beeline for the campus visit to express solidarity with the agitating students.

A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's visit, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri are set to arrive on Wednesday.

Lok Janshakti Party parliamentary board leader Chirag Paswan and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan's brother Ramchandra Paswan will also meet students and Rohith's family here.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to visit the university on Thursday.

Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O'Brien and Pratima Mondal spent two hours on the campus on Tuesday night, interacting with the four Dalit scholars suspended along with Rohith as well as the agitating students.

The parliamentarians will visit the campus again on Wednesday to address the students at the site of their hunger strike.

YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who met Rohith's mother and brother at their house, will also visit the campus.

The leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh assembly assured all support to the family.

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Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi also visited the campus on Tuesday and expressed solidarity with the agitating students.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Tammineni Veerabhadram was also present on the campus when Rahul Gandhi addressed the students.

Veerabhadram, a Telangana state secretary of the CPI (M), sat along with the students who are on a relay fast to demand the resignation and arrest of central minister Bandaru Dattatreya and vice chancellor Appa Rao.