'Narendra Modi government weak, sheltering exam mafia': Congress slams BJP on CBSE paper leak row

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday accused the government of sheltering the "exam mafia" that it said has taken over the examination system in the country and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he has not apologised for the CBSE paper leaks yet.

The main opposition party took a jibe the NDA dispensation, saying how a government which cannot keep even a question paper safe, can ensure the safety of the nation.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also stepped up his attack on the prime minister over the CBSE leaks, saying he would now write a sequel to his book "Exam Warriors" to teach students stress relief after their lives were "destroyed" due to paper leaks.

The prime minister had also talked about fighting exam stress in his "Mann ki Baat" programme ahead of the board exams.

File image of Kapil Sibal. PTI

File image of Kapil Sibal. PTI

Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal said it is the first time in the country's history that a question paper has been leaked in this manner and asked if the prime minister was "not concerned" about lakhs of students being forced to take the exams again.

"When the government cannot keep the question papers safe, how will it secure the country...The manner in which the question paper has been leaked, no one has taken responsibility for it. This is a very serious issue," he said.

"20 lakh kids have to take the exam again. Is the prime minister not concerned? No one feeling sorry. The children have taken to the streets and no one is saying even sorry. Is he arrogant that he is not feeling sorry?" he said.

Under whose pressure, Sibal asked, the government changed the pattern for setting examination papers under which different question papers were set for different parts of the country.

"Why did the government change the patter of setting question papers. Under whose instructions was the old practice changed," he asked. "The exam mafia has taken over the country's examination system."

Sibal accused the Modi government of making education a business and said it has become unaffordable for the poor.

He also highlighted the ordeal of lakhs of students, and their parents, who have to re-take the examination.

Dubbing the Modi government a 'weak' government on various fronts, Sibal alleged all kinds of leaks, be it data leak, Aadhaar leak or paper leaks, are taking place under this dispensation.

"We want to ask the prime minister, which way is the country headed? Everyday institutions are attacked and leaks are happening," he said.

"When the entire country is thrust into darkness, the 'chowkidar' also sleeps," he said.

On Thursday, Gandhi targeted Modi over a series of leaks, including the CBSE paper leaks, saying the "chowkidar" was weak.

Sibal, who is also a former HRD minister, alleged that in Uttarakhand, the state government has brought about a sharp increase in fees for medical colleges from Rs 13 lakh to Rs 24 lakh.

Citing example of countries like Germany, where Sibal said education was free, he claimed in almost every country "education is almost free".

He said the SSC paper leak destroyed the future of students who were hoping to get a job, adding the CBSE episode in the latest to put put a question mark on their future.

The Congress has been attacking the prime minister on the CBSE announcing a retest of the class 10 mathematics and class 12 economics papers after reports that they were leaked.

It has demanded the sacking of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal and a judicial probe by a high court judge.

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Updated Date: Mar 30, 2018 21:11:03 IST

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