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UGC-NET 2024 cancelled: Mallikarjun Kharge questions PM Narendra Modi; how Opposition leaders reacted

By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar
Jun 20, 2024 03:17 PM IST

UGC-NET exam cancelled: The Congress dubbed the government as “paper leak government” and asked whether the education minister would take responsibility now.

UGC-NET June 2024 exam cancelled news: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other Opposition leaders hit out at the Centre after the ministry of education cancelled UGC-NET on Wednesday evening saying the “integrity of the examination may have been compromised”.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in New Delhi. (ANI file)
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in New Delhi. (ANI file)

Mallikarjun Kharge also attacked the government over the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET, and asked when will Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold “NEET pareeksha pe charcha”.

The Congress dubbed the government led by Narendra Modi as “paper leak government” and asked whether the education minister would take responsibility now.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra lashed out at the Centre over the UGC-NET 2024 development and asked for accountability to be fixed.

In a post in Hindi on X, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “Narendra Modi ji, you discuss exams a lot, but when will you hold 'NEET pareeksha pe charcha'. Cancellation of UGC-NET exam is a victory of the passion of lakhs of students,” he said.

“This is the defeat of Modi government's arrogance due to which they made a despicable attempt to trample the future of our youth,” the Congress president added.

Mallikarjun Kharge also said the Union education minister first says that no paper was leaked in NEET, but when arrests of education mafia were made in Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana, then the minister "accepts that some scam" has happened. “When will NEET exam be cancelled?” the senior Congress leader asked.

"Modi ji, take responsibility to stop your government's rigging and paper leak in NEET exam too," Kharge further said.

Meanwhile, the Congress alleged that the Modi government was playing with the future of the youth.

"Yesterday UGC-NET exam was conducted in various cities of the country. Today the exam was cancelled on suspicion of paper leak. First NEET paper was leaked and now UGC-NET paper. The Modi government has become a 'paper leak government'," the Congress posted on X.

Reacting sharply to the examination cancellation, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also alleged that the BJP government's “corruption and laxity” is harmful to the youth.

"After the news of scam in NEET exam, now the NET exam held on 18th June has also been cancelled due to the fear of irregularities. Will accountability be fixed now? Will the Education Minister take responsibility for this laxity?" Priyanka Gandhi asked in a post in Hindi.

The Union education ministry, amid a raging row over the medical entrance exam NEET, ordered the cancellation of the UGC-NET and handed over the matter to the CBI for an investigation.

The ministry also sought a report from the Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit regarding alleged irregularities in the conduct of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG) 2024 in Patna and said further action would be taken based on the report.

Big conspiracy against the country: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav suspected “someone's big conspiracy against the country”.

“… And now after the news of irregularities, the UGC-NET exam has also been cancelled. Under the BJP rule, the paper mafia is rigging every exam, one after the other. This could also be someone's big conspiracy against the country,” he wrote on X in Hindi.

“Understand the deeper meaning: - If the police recruitment exam paper is leaked, the law and order situation will not improve. Due to which there will be unrest and instability in the country and state. - ⁠ If there is fraud in the NEET exam, honest people will not be able to become doctors and in the future there will be a further shortage of doctors for treating the people of the country and dishonest people will become a threat to the lives of the public. - ⁠ Due to the absence of UGC-NET exam, the already existing shortage of teachers will increase even more. The shortage of teachers will hinder the mental development of the country, which will prove to be extremely fatal for the country in the long run,” Akhilesh Yadav added.

“…This can be a very big conspiracy against the administration and human resources of our country, which will have far-reaching negative consequences. That is why this should be investigated rigorously under the supervision of the court and the culprits should be given the harshest punishment, and no criminal should be spared, no matter how big he is or how much power he has over him,” he added.

'Education emergency': Shiv Sena (UBT)

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi alleged that the repeated and absolute failure to conduct national examinations fairly exposes the NTA's incompetence. “This is an education emergency and also lets down lakhs of students who diligently prepare for these entrance exams. , not to forget the mental pressure they go through. Cancelling is not the solution, accountability from government and NTA is. This absolute disregard to young students and their careers is unfortunate,” she posted on X.

Aaditya Thackeray of the Shiv Sena (UBT) also reacted to the Centre's order. “Education Emergency. However the central regime doesn’t care about the lakhs of students. They’re only focussed on PR.”


The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has called for immediate action against the NTA. NSUI, the student wing of the Indian National Congress (INC), in a release, said this development has once again highlighted serious concerns about the integrity and security of examinations conducted by NTA.

NSUI president Varun Choudhary appealed to the education minister to take immediate and decisive action, including banning the NTA and initiating legal proceedings against its officials.

"We have repeatedly pointed out the flaws and vulnerabilities in the examination processes conducted by NTA. The recent compromise of the UGC-NET exam is just one more example of their failure. It is time for the Education Minister to act responsibly and protect students' interests," Varun Choudhary stated.

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