Jharkhand assembly disrupted again over JPSC results

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Ranchi, March 1 (IANS) The Jharkhand assembly was disrupted for the third consecutive day on Tuesday over the opposition’s noisy protests against the alleged irregularities in the state civil services examinations.

The opposition parties allege that meritorious students were rejected on technical grounds and reservation quotas were not complied with in exams for 297 posts held by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) whose results came out last week.

They also demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

On Tuesday, when the house assembled at 11 am, the opposition members came to the well demanding cancellation of the JPSC results.

Many legislators were wearing T shirts emblazoned with slogans demanding cancellation of the JPSC results. The house was adjourned till noon.

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When the house again assembled at noon, the opposition members again came to the well forcing speaker Dinesh Oraon to adjourn the house till 2 p.m.

The house could not run on Monday and last Friday also over the same issue. The opposition parties have made it clear that the house could not run without handing over the probe to the CBI and cancellation of the results.

“One institute’s students have been selected in large numbers. The reservation quota has been violated and injustice has been done to the students of Jharkhand,” Kunal Sarangi, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator, told reporters.

Echoing his view, Pradeep Yadav a legislator of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM-P) said, “Why is the government shying away from a CBI probe.”

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“Officials’ kin have been selected in the JPSC exams. Reservation quota has also been violated. How can we allow the house to run when justice has not been done to students?”.

The opposition parties also alleged that students of other states have been selected for the higher posts.

The state government has rejected the allegations as baseless.

“The examination was conducted as per the provisions made during the Hemant Soren government. The matter is also pending with the Jharkhand High Court. The opposition parties should give written suggestion to government so that we can present our view in the court,” Parliamentary Affairs Saryu Rai told reporters.

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