Opposition parties targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh, saying that “corruption” and “paper leaks” have become a part of the Yogi government‘s identity after the state Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021) was canceled following reports of a question paper leak.
According to reports, the question paper for the examination was circulated amongst WhatsApp groups in Mathura, Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr. The canceled examination is expected to be conducted next month.
In a tweet, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said the cancellation of UPTET for the recruitment of teachers in Uttar Pradesh is a very serious matter.
“The UP government should take this latest incident very seriously and get a high level inquiry done at the earliest and ensure strict legal punishment to the culprits. The government should ensure a solid system to conduct this examination as soon as possible,” former UP cm Mayawati added.
“Corruption in recruitment (and) paper leak have become the identity of the BJP government. Due to the paper leak of UPTET today, the hard work of lakhs of youths got ruined. The Yogi government has saved big fish involved in corruption every time a paper is leaked. That’s why corruption is at its peak,” Sharing a video of upset aspirants, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.
Paper leaks, cancellation of exams, and results are common in the BJP government, said former UP chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav.
Yadav also alleged that the cancellation of UPTET 2021 exam due to a paper leak is “playing with the future of 20 lakh unemployed candidates.”
“UP is at the peak of educational corruption,” the SP chief added, saying that the upcoming Assembly polls will see a “revolution of the unemployed.”
AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi MP said that the Yogi government is now playing with the future of lakhs of students in the state.
“Around 21 lakh candidates had reached hundreds of kilometres away in cold to take the exam. Who will take responsibility for the inconvenience caused to candidates? First, there aren’t enough vacancies and if it all there are any, then question paper gets leaked. First, the paper of inspector recruitment was leaked and now that of UPTET,” read tweet by Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad.
“It is our demand that whenever the exam is held the next time, the state government should provide adequate bus facilities so that candidates may reach exam centre without much inconvenience. The government should also make arrangements for their accommodation and food,” Azad further demanded.
Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary, in a tweet, said, “This is a stupid joke with lakhs of hardworking students. The youth of Uttar Pradesh is fed up with paper leak.”
“Leakage of question paper and subsequent cancellation of UPTET in Uttar Pradesh is nothing but playing with the future of about 20 lakh aspirants. This has become a regular trend in BJP ruled UP,” said Welfare Party of India national president SQR Ilyas.
A special task force is investigating the matter of the UPTET 2021 paper leak. Till now, 26 people have been arrested in connection to the case by the UP special task force from different cities.
“Thirteen people were arrested from Prayagraj and four from Lucknow. Arrested persons also include residents of neighbouring Bihar… The Special Task Force (STF) of the UP Police will conduct the investigation and take action against people and organisations responsible for the paper leak,” PTI news agency quoted Additional Director General (Law & Order) Prashant Kumar as saying.
Those arrested in Prayagraj include Satya Prakash Singh, an assistant teacher at a primary school in the city, police told reporters. Rajendra Patel — the alleged mastermind of the whole operation — and Chaturbhuj Singh, one of the key players, were also among those arrested from Prayagraj, according to the statement.
Assuring strict action against those involved in the paper leak, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said at a public rally in Deoria that police would invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and Gangster Act against them.