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UPSC aspirants continue to protest at Jantar Mantar as opposition parties corner govt in Parliament

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed ruckus over the Union Public Service Commission issue. The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed ruckus over the Union Public Service Commission issue.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 5, 2014 12:29 pm | Updated: August 5, 2014 2:03 pm

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed ruckus over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issue as the opposition parties cornered the government over scrapping of English section.

Hitting out at the government, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien accused the government of giving knee-jerk reaction to the protests by the UPSC aspirants. He told the House that the party had already given a notice over the issue.

DMK MP M Kanimozhi also asked the Chair to allow discussion over the issue, even as some MPs stormed the well of the House.

Rajya Sabha Vice Chairman P J Kurien requested the members to maintain decorum in House and assured that the issue would be taken care of. He also warned the members of adjournment of the House if they did not stop creating ruckus.

The Lok Sabha was also adjourned over the issue.

Meanwhile, scores of UPSC aspirants on Tuesday continued their protest demanding scrapping of CSAT, a day after the government announced that English marks in the test will not be included for gradation or merit in the civil services preliminary examination.

The aspirants, who had been protesting against the CSAT format in Mukherjee Nagar of north Delhi for the past 26 days, have now shifted their base to Jantar Mantar.

Protestors said they would continue their fight unless Centre doesn’t scrap CSAT completely. AAP leader Yogendra Yadav was also present at the protest site.

“We are not satisfied with the government’s announcement regarding UPSC exams. Government has not fulfilled its promise by proposing such changes. We want Modi-led government to scrap this test completely,” Pawan, a protestor, said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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