Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar welcomed the exit of Smriti Irani from the HRD ministry but said this was no "punishment" for the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula.
"Justice for Rohith is still awaited. Cabinet reshuffle is not punishment...Bye bye, Smriti Irani," the student leader tweeted.
He demanded the resignations of Irani and another minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, from ministerial posts and said a case must be lodged against them for the "institutional murder" of Vemula.
"Smritiji has been transferred from one ministry to the other. Our demand was to remove Irani and Dattatreya from the ministerial posts and lodge a case against them for the institutional murder of Vemula," Kumar said.
Rohith Vemula was a doctoral scholar at the University of Hyderabad. He committed suicide on January 17, triggering widespread protests against Irani and Dattatreya who were blamed for the suicide.
Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest over an alleged "anti-national" event also sparked massive protests among students and others.