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UPTET cancelled: Adityanath for NSA against culprits; Cong, SP say ‘corruption part of BJP govt’

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said that the UPTET re-examination "will be conducted in a transparent manner within one month. No additional fee will be charged from any candidate."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 28, 2021 9:51:17 pm
(From L to R) SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. (File Photo)

Opposition parties today targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh, saying that “corruption” and “paper leaks” have become a part of its identity, after the state Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021), which was to be held on Sunday, was cancelled following reports of a question paper leak.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the culprits will be booked under the National Security Act and Gangster Act. The state’s special task force has till now arrested 23 persons in connection with the paper leak case. Among them, 13 were arrested from Prayagraj and four from Lucknow. The rest were residents of neighbouring Bihar.

Sharing a video of upset aspirants, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Twitter said, “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.”

Similarly, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “Paper leaks, cancellation of exams and results are common in the BJP government.” Stating that the Assembly elections in the state, slated to be held in 2022, will see a “revolution of the unemployed”, Yadav added, “there will be a change in twenty-two!”

He also stated 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.

Meanwhile, CM Adityanath addressing a function in Deoria district on Sunday said, “A question paper was leaked. I issued an order to cancel the examination and arrest the entire racket. Instructions were also given to conduct the exam within a month, and that no candidate should be charged additional fee.

Those who have committed this act should know that cases will be registered against them under the Gangster Act and the National Security Act,” the Chief Minister added.

Taking to Twitter, CM Adityanath said that the “re-examination will be conducted in a transparent manner within one month. No additional fee will be charged from any candidate. The candidates appearing for the examination will be given free travel facility through the state buses for commuting.”

In a separate tweet, he added, “Those who play with the future of our young sisters and brothers will not be spared at any cost. The people responsible for the inconvenience caused to you all will definitely be punished.”

(with PTI inputs)

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