Madhya Pradesh: PEB scam draws Twitterati’s attention

  • Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 23:42 IST

The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, which has been grabbing headlines for the past couple of days, became a topic for discussion on Twitter on Thursday after people chose the social media site to express their outrage.

Not just Twitterati from Madhya Pradesh, but those from outside the state also tweeted about the scam on the micro-blogging platform.

Many tweeted using the words ‘VYAPAM scam’ while others others used the word ‘PEB’. The hashtag #ResignShivraj was used by many users for trending it as a major issue on Twitter throughout the day. Cartoons and caricatures were also shared on the site.

Twitter user Nilesh Shegaonkar tweeted that MP failed to control swine flu because many ineligible youths became doctors due to the scam. Benson Juan Martin tweeted “the scam has completely shattered the belief of students in the system and jeopardised their career!”

Annabelle Perez tweeted the PEB scam accused’s claim that the governor’s son took money to favour candidates. A user who tweets from the handle @noidaveteran and describes himself as an army veteran who had received a gallantry award, tweeted “Cong leaders demand MP CMs resignation over PEB scam. Serious charges levelled of tampering evidence.”

Even Congress supporters, who appeared to be lagging behind BJP on the social media, seemed to have become active this time and re-tweeted the tweets on the scam.

Aneela Nadar, whose profile suggested she was associated with the Congress tweeted, that the scam was a slow poisoning of the masses with healthcare handed over to quacks at the right price.

“This scam has affected the common people. Youths are the most affected and hence, we are seeing people talking about it and expressing their anger over the scam on social media,” Dharmendra Vajpayee, the head of IT and social media cell of MP Congress, said.

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