Dalit BJP MP Kauhsal Kishore Dalit BJP MP takes on Smriti Irani, Sushma Swaraj, praises Rahul

In a major embarrassment for the BJP leadership, party MP Kauhsal Kishore has spoken out against Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Sushma Swaraj, criticizing their statements on Rohith Vemula, the Hyderabad University student who committed suicide recently.

Adding insult to injury, he has praised Rahul Gandhi, saying what he did was right. Kishore is a Dalit MP elected from a reserved constituency, Mohanlalganj, near Lucknow.

“The fact is that Rohith was a Dalit. Smriti ji and Sushma ji are issuing statements disputing his caste, which is wrong,” he said.

He warned that he would raise the issue in Parliament if attempts were made to dispute Rohith’s family’s claims of being Dalit.

He also justified Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the campus and to Rohith’s house saying what Rahul did was “right and need of the hour”. He spiked his party’s statement that Rahul’s visit to the campus and to the student’s house a political gimmick, and that Rahul was shedding crocodile tears.

Suhsma Swaraj had recently said Rohith was a non-Dalit. Kishore said Rohith was a Dalit and the documents related to his caste were available.