Protests against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in the UPSC examination format continued in the capital on Saturday with more political parties throwing their weight behind protesters. While JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav reached the protest venue at Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely joined demonstrations at Jantar Mantar even as the AAP took out a candlelight march to support the cause.
Protesters also reached the RSS headquarters on Saturday afternoon. “We held demonstrations outside the RSS office in Jhandelwalan around 2 pm. We could not meet any RSS leaders. However, no student was detained today,” a member of Chatra Adhikar Manch, a students’ unit which has been raising the issue, said.
At Mukherjee Nagar, Yadav met students and assured them his support. “Most ministers claim that they are nationalists but not one of them have said in writing that they will ensure that the date of the UPSC examination will be extended. We have been fighting for the cause of non-English speakers,” a protester said.
Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) staged demonstrations at Jantar Mantar. NSUI spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey said, “Students have been continually protesting against the format of CSAT examinations for nearly two months now.
The examination clearly gives undue advantage to students belonging to the English medium. The Central government promised students that their demands would be looked into and that it will not allow any injustice to happen. But on July 24, e-admit cards were issued. This just reflects the dual face of BJP leadership.”
The student wing of the AAP — Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti — took out a candlelight march from North Campus to Mukherjee Nagar on Saturday evening, while its parent party published photos of student protesters who were allegedly beaten by police. The AAP said, “The Home Ministry, which controls the Delhi Police, must make a statement on whether it had directed the brutal beating of the students on Thursday night in Mukherjee Nagar …”