Student’s death: BJP MP pulls up government

Mumbai: Upset by the suicide of a Maratha student in Osmanabad, who hanged himself fearing he would not be able to secure admission to a good college as the Maratha quota was not in place, the usually reclusive Sambhajiraje Bhosale, member of Rajya Sabha since 2016, vented his ire on Twitter on Friday. Stirring up a political row, Sambhajiraje, who is a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has pulled up the government and administration for the student's death. "Osmanabad yethil Devlali gaavatil Maratha Samajatil yuvak Akshay Shahaji Devkar yaane aaple aayushya sampavle aahe. Nuktyach zhaalelya dahaveechya parikshet tyala 94% marks miloon suddha chaanglya mahavidyalayat pravesh milala navhta (In Devlali village of Osmanabad, Akshay Shahaji, a Maratha lad ended his life after having passed the Class 10 board exams with 94 per cent marks. Despite such good marks he could not get admission in a good college)," he tweeted.

Further expounding on the subject, a frustrated Sambhajiraje tweeted: "Mala vat-thay ki aaplya 'vyavasthaytach' motha dosh aahe. Maratha, Dhangar va Muslime aarakshanache prashn margi ka laagat naahit> Shetkharyanchya bandhyavar swatantryanantarhi itki varshe paani kaa gela naahi? Malala yogya baazaarbhaav ka milat naahi? Asey anek prashna rajyasamor aavaasun ubhe aahe. (Our system is faulty. Why is there no resolution on reservations for Marathas, Dhangars and Muslims? Why are the farmers not getting water even after over 70 years of Independence? Why can't they get a fair price for their produce? These and other important issues remain unresolved by our govt)."

"Aarakshan gela khaddyat! Padaviparyant sarvach zaatichya vidyarthyana shikshan mofat kara! (Reservations be damned, he said and demanded free education for students until graduation)," he demanded. Sambhajiraje then trained his guns on the bureaucracy, saying it too was responsible for the mess. "Yamadhye netyaansobat prashasansuddha tevdhach zababdaar aahe. Keval netyanvar pratyek gosht shekte mhanun tumchyavar kunaacha lakshach naahi asa samzu naka. 'Shetkaryachya dethaalaahi haat laavta kaama naye' asa Shivaji Maharaj adhikaryana uddheshoonach mhanaale hotay, tay aajhi tantotant khare aahe. (The bureaucracy is equally to be blamed for the entire mess. Just because the politicians take the blame, don't think people are not paying attention to you.

Shivaji Maharaj had said not even the toe of a farmer should be touched and this holds true even today)." He ended by saying it was time for the government and bureaucracy to introspect. Leaders spoke of welfare and made promises in their speeches but were those words converted to action in real life or was it a case of 'Muh mein Raam bagal mein churi?' (Name of Ram on the lips and a knife in the side), he demanded to know.

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