New delhi: Amid protests over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday finally broke his silence on the issue and said, “politics aside, a mother has lost a son.”
Addressing a convocation programme at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow, Modi said, “Politics and reason can be on one side, but a mother has lost his son and I feel the family’s pain.”
However, some students also protested against Modi as he rose to address the students.
According to reports, students seated near the last rows of the auditorium, raised slogans against PM Modi. One of the protesting students chanted a slogan saying, “Narendra Modi Murdabad.”
However, they were later escorted out by security officials.
PM Modi then proceeded to give his address at the event.
Earlier in the day, with his government under attack over the dalit student’s suicide, Modi said his government was committed to the welfare of dalits, poor and oppressed.
At a function with differently-abled persons in his constituency, he referred to dalits, but made no mention of the controversy over the suicide of a dalit research scholar in Hyderabad University over which two of his ministers have come under attack.
“This government is dedicated to the poor – dalits, oppressed and deprived and will attempt to do something for those who have to suffer in life. This government is committed to the welfare of the poor and how their lives can be changed and this government has been making constant efforts in this regard,” he said.