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CSAT deadlock continues, SP threatens to disrupt Parliament if test is not scrapped

Agencies  New Delhi, August 05, 2014
First Published: 11:53 IST(5/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:04 IST(5/8/2014)
The chaos over the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) hit Parliament again on Tuesday as at least three opposition parties continued to demand its scrapping from the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
In Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari had to adjourn the House till noon as opposition parties raised slogans, trooped into the Well and put their demands.
The Samajwadi Party said the government’s solution to the UPSC impasse was unacceptable
It pledged support to the students protesting against the CSAT and threatened to disrupt the proceedings of Parliament till it is removed from the examination.
SP leader Naresh Agarwal told ANI, "We will give notice to Parliament regarding this issue and we will not let Parliament function until CSAT is scrapped off from the IAS examination."
He also added that preference must be given to Hindi and regional languages.
The DMK was not far behind and demanded that other Indian languages be added in the examination.
AIADMK leaders too stormed into the well of Rajya Sabha after the uproar over the UPSC row.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, meanwhile, said the UPSC row was created by the UPA and now the NDA is committed to finding a solution.
In a bid to resolve the CSAT row, the government agreed not to test candidates for English skills in the civil services preliminary examination scheduled for August 24 to address concerns that the exam pattern was biased in favour of urban candidates.
But, it was not enough for protesting civil service aspirants, who vowed to continue their almost month-long stir.
They insisted nothing less than scrapping the CSAT introduced in 2011 would do.

Read: English won't be included in prelims, protesters want more
(With ANI inputs)

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