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BJP walks out over answer book scam

BJP MEMBERS on Tuesday staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha. They were angry with the government for its refusal to set up a CBI inquiry into the Meerut University answer books scam. Besides, the government refused to take any action against vice-chancellor of the university for his alleged involvement in the scam.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 01:28 IST

BJP MEMBERS on Tuesday staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha. They were angry with the government for its refusal to set up a CBI inquiry into the Meerut University answer books scam. Besides, the government refused to take any action against vice-chancellor of the university for his alleged involvement in the scam.

Raising the issue through an adjournment notice during the Zero Hour, Dr Lakshmi Kant Bajpai (BJP) said that the university officials were playing with the future of over one lakh students. Over 92,000 answer books were recovered from the residence of the registrar and 40,000 from a godown of the university.

The examination had become a mockery, the angry BJP members said in the House.

Speaking on the admissibility of the notice, Dr Narendra Kumar Singh Gaur (BJP) expressed concern over the prevailing situation in Meerut.

The agitated students were on warpath and clashing with the police but the Government was maintaining an intrigue silence over the issue.

He said that all the answer books should be re-evaluated under the central examination system or re-examination should be done. He alleged that the Meerut University vice-chancellor was equally responsible for the mess and he should be sacked

Intervening at this juncture, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the Chief Proctor had been arrested and a search hunt was on for registrar. But no action was taken against the V-C. “Is he a chaprasi ?,” he asked.

Replying to the question raised by the BJP, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said if he had a role in the scam, it would have come to light during the probe. If he was found guilty, he would not be spared, the Chief Minister clarified.

Dissatisfied with the Government’s reply and denial of a CBI probe, the BJP members walked out of  the house.

Meanwhile, the Congress also walked out of the House in protest against the Government’s apathy towards the farmers’ problems in prevailing drought-like conditions in many districts.

Speaking on the admissibility of their adjournment notice, Jagdambika Pal and Pramod Tiwari (Congress) said that due to poor rainfall, 15 per cent of the average farmers were facing drought-like situation and there was no water in canals due to erratic power supply in rural areas.

They claimed that more than 50 per cent of crop was already damaged in many districts but the Government had so far taken no steps to the farmers with relief.

Udai Bhan Karvaria (BJP) underlined the need for a package for farmers who had lost everything due to drought and accused the Government of  not taking proper care of farmers’ interests.

Opposing the notice, Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary denied that there was drought or drought-like situation anywhere in the State but he accepted that there was some adverse affect on crops in a few areas but objected the way opposition was painting the picture.

Admitting that there was power shortage, Chaudhary blamed the Centre for not supplying adequate power to the State for political reasons and said that it was the main reason of power shortage in villages. He said that the agriculture production commissioner (APC) had already prepared a blueprint to deal with any drought or drought-like situation.

Reacting to comments made against the Central Government, Jagdambika Pal asked the Revenue Minister to shun the path of confrontation with the Centre. He claimed that UP was getting more electricity than its share from the central pool.    

As Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey rejected the notice, the Congress staged a walkout.