'Is governor a mere puppet?': Question in Bihar civil services exam paper sparks row; RJD MLA demands action

  • A question in a BPSC exam paper asking candidates to examine whether a governor is a 'mere puppet' has caused flutters in political circles

  • Teh question was asked in General Knowledge Paper II examination of BPSC Mains, held on Saturday

  • Bihar water resources minister Sanjay Jha said it was unfortunate that such a question was asked and denied any role of the government in it

New Delhi: A question asked in the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) exams asking candidates to examine whether a governor is a "mere puppet" has caused flutters in political circles.

"Critically examine the role of governor in the state politics in India, particularly in Bihar. Is he a mere puppet?" the question asked in the General Knowledge Paper II examination of BPSC Mains read.

The question paper of the BPSC Mains examination, which was held on Sunday, has come under attack from ministers in the state. Bihar water resources minister Sanjay Jha said it was unfortunate that such a question was asked and denied any role of the government in it.

"It is my personal opinion that such questions should not be asked in the exams, it was avoidable. The posts of governor and the president are constitutional positions which should not be questioned. This is not a lapse on the part of the government; BPSC is an autonomous body which takes the exams. It has its own procedures for taking the exams and it should take care such mistakes are not done in the future," Jha told reporters in New Delhi.

On the other hand the Opposition MLA from RJD, Bhai Virendra, has asked for action to be taken against the person responsible for creating the question. "It seems some illiterate has prepared the questions. This has crossed all limits. The governor has been humiliated. The person who prepared the question should be taken to task," Virendra said.

The BPSC civil services main examination was conducted from 12 to 14 July, while the final optional subject exam will be conducted on 16 July.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2019 22:57:29 IST