“IUML Promised 20 Lakhs But Didn’t Stick to Word”: Radhika Vemula

Two years after they were promised a house by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the family of University of Hyderabad (UoH) research scholar Rohith Vemula continues to wait for full compensation, The News Minute reported.

According to the report, days after Rohith committed suicide in his hostel room, the IUML had promised his mother Radhika Rs 20 lakh to build a house for the family, which now stays in rented accommodation.

The proposal came from the Muslim Students Federation (MSF), a student organisation close to the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), which Rohith was a part of.

"Within one month, they took us to Kerala and made us participate in a big meeting with around 30,000 to 40,000 people and promised that they would sanction Rs 20 lakh and construct a house for us." - Radhika Vemula, Rohith Vemula’s mother to TNM

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The person in question, CK Subair, (General Secretary of Youth Wing of Kerala unit of Muslim League), Radhika says, made it a point that she attend the meet where victims of other incidents of atrocities were present, she told TNM.

Koppuravuru, a site located between Vijayawada and Guntur, was identified as the spot. However, two years on, the party has not delivered.

IUML Hasn’t Used Me For Political Gains: Radhika Vemula

Speaking to ANI, on Wednesday, 20 June, Radhika Vemula said, “It's true that Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) promised to provide me with money, but they haven't used me for political gains.”

Contrary to this, speaking to TNM earlier, she had alleged that IUML has gained good political strength by projecting her as one of the main guests at the meeting.

Further, she described to TNM an incident in which several politicians from the party clicked photos with her in Guntur holding a cheque with Rs 25 lakh written in bold letters.

But one of the two cheques bounced.

“The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) sent us two cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh out of which one has bounced,” Radhika said.

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“Cheque Bounce a Clerical Mistake”: IUML State President

Subair, the Youth League State President, however, called the cheque bounce a “clerical mistake.”

"At first, Vemula’s family told us the retired officers association would give land for them. But since the association didn’t give them land, the family has found an apartment to purchase. I have sent Rs five lakhs to them, cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh each, to pay as advance to buy the house. They withdrew money of one cheque. In the second one there was a mistake in writing the amount in figures, and hence the cheque was bounced. They could have informed us that it had bounced. I will send the cheque again. The five lakh is given as an advance to buy the house. " - CK Subair, Kerala Unit General Secretary, Muslim League to TNM

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Promising to pay the remaining amount, he said “15 lakhs have been set aside for them” and they won’t be stepping back from the promise.

IUML’s Offer Conditional, Asks Late Rohith’s Brother to Convert, Alleges BJP MLC

Citing information received from sources, N Ramchander Rao, a BJP MLC, told ANI that the “Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given 15 lakhs to Rohith Vemula's family and on these terms, his brother was to be converted into Islam.”

Levelling serious allegations of “petty politics” against the opposition, Union minister Piyush Goyal said that even the “Congress President took the family to stages and asked them to make statements, ” ANI reported.

As result, “Rahul Gandhi should apologise for doing petty politics on pillar of lies,” he said.

"The statements of Rohith Vemula’s mother are all before us, I believe there was an effort made to pressurise the mother to retract from what she had said, probably again on the pretext of giving her some money." - Piyush Goyal, Union Railways Minister to ANI

Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala slammed BJP Minister Piyush Goyal for peddling fake news to tarnish Rohith Vemula’s death.

In a tweet, he wrote:

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(With inputs from ANI and The News Minute)

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