Dattatreya love for writing letters!!

His letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani has kicked up a storm with the suicide of a Dalit student in his home state but this is not the first time Union Labour Minster Bandaru Dattatreya wrote to a ministerial colleague on Hyderabad.

Before his controversial letter to Irani, Dattatreya had written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on April 7 last year seeking an “in-depth” investigation into the activities of terror outfits in Telangana in which he has depicted Hyderabad in not so flattering terms.

While University of Hyderabad had turned into a “den of anti-national politics” for the Secunderabad MP, the city itself had become a “place known for nurturing militant activities”.

In his letter to the Home Minister, Dattatreya said Telangana is “known to be the target” over the years for nationally and internationally banned outfits, which are known to create terror to gain national and international attention.

His letter came against the backdrop of the encounter killing of two suspected SIMI activists in Nalgonda district in April last year.

Dattatreya said, through the letter, he was bringing Singh’s notice that “Hyderabad had been a place known for nurturing militant activities by the banned militant outfits and has been the shelter zone of many sympathisers of such banned outfits”. Deccan Herald had reported about the letter in April last year.

The 68-year-old minister, who was loaned to BJP by the RSS, became a Minister in Narendra Modi’s government as the BJP representative from Telangana. Dattatreya was also a minister A B Vajpayee government.

In his now controversial letter to Irani in August last year on the issues involving University of Hyderabad, he had said, “Hyderabad University, a central university located in Hyderabad has, in the recent past, become a den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics”.

The letter also mentions activities of Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) of which Rohit Vemula, a student who committed suicide earlier this week, was a member. He had also referred to ASA’s protest against the execution of Yakub Memon in July last year.

This letter has landed Dattatreya in trouble with police registering a case of abetting suicide of Rohit.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Jan 21, 2016)

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