Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the University of Hyderabad on Thursday and met the students and family members of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula who committed suicide.
Addressing the students at the university, Kejriwal slammed HRD minister Smriti Irani, saying: "Smriti Irani ji spoke one lie after another, she tried to create controversy over Rohith's caste."
"Shameful that a union minister used words like 'extremist, casteist and anti-national' in his letter," he added.
“Rohith was a very bright student. He was Dalit but he did not come from reserved quota, he came on merit. When such bright students have to commit suicide, I think it is a shame on the entire nation and society,” he said.
Kejriwal had earlier demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. He had also sought an apology from the PM to the nation over Rohith's suicide, questioning the ministers “interference” in the internal affairs of the institution.
Rohith was among five research scholars who were suspended by the University in August last year over an alleged assault case.