Taking the fight over the professional examination board (PEB) scam to the next level, the opposition Congress joined hands with activists, students and leaders across the political spectrum for an Open Forum at Iqbal Maidan in Bhopal on Monday evening.
Leftist leaders, activists working for victims of the Bhopal gas leak, intellectuals and families of youths affected by the multi-layered scam were invited to the programme, which targeted the BJP government and was aimed at taking the issue to the public.
Though the Congress organised the event, it didn’t put up its banners and sought to project it as a movement of different sections of society.
Students who appeared in various examinations conducted by the PEB said the moment they filled forms to appear in any test, 'dalaals' (middlemen) would find them and they would be informed that they could pass if they paid a certain amount.
Arun Yadav, president of the state Congress unit, told the gathering that the PEB was involved in a mega-scam that was the "biggest in the country".
He said many poor families overcame hardships and saved money for their children's studies but bright students were never selected due to the scam while those who could pay several lakhs of rupees became doctors, police officers and teachers.
The future of more than one crore youngsters in Madhya Pradesh was affected by the scam, Yadav alleged.
Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan did not let the Assembly continue as he didn’t want to face the House.
Communist leader Shailendra Shaili said the government had earned enormous ill-will and 'bad-dua' (curses) from families affected by the scam.