‘NEET scam’ is another ‘Vyapam’, why is the Prime Minister silent: Congress

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New Delhi. The Congress on Friday termed the alleged rigging in the NEET-Graduate exam for admission to medical courses as ‘Vyapam 2.0’ and asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a silent spectator to this. The main opposition party said that there should be a forensic investigation of this matter under the supervision of the Supreme Court. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge alleged in a statement that the Modi government and the Education Minister and the National Examination Agency (NTA) have started whitewashing the NEET scam.

He asked, “If the NEET paper was not leaked, then why were 13 accused arrested in Bihar for paper leak? Did the Economic Offences Wing of Patna Police not expose the payment of Rs 30-50 lakh in exchange of the paper to the education mafia and organised gangs involved in the racket? The NEET-Graduate cheating racket in Godhra, Gujarat has not been busted?”

He also asked, “If according to the Modi government, no paper was leaked in NEET, then why were these arrests made? What conclusion was drawn from this? Was the Modi government trying to fool the people of the country earlier or now?” Kharge alleged that the Modi government has throttled the dreams of 24 lakh youth.

He claimed, “Out of these one lakh seats (of MBBS), about 55,000 are seats in government colleges where seats are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and economically weaker sections. Modi government has misused NTA and rigged the scores and ranks, due to which the cutoff of reserved seats has also increased.” Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra posted on ‘X’, “The new BJP government has started attacking the dreams of youth again as soon as it took oath. The arrogant response of the Education Minister on the irregularities in the NEET exam results completely ignores the cries of 24 lakh students and their parents.”

He asked, “Doesn’t the education minister see the facts that are available in the public domain? Does the government consider the police actions and gang arrests in Bihar and Gujarat to be false? Is the 67 toppers getting full marks also a lie? Who does the government want to save in the system by ignoring lakhs of youth and their parents? Shouldn’t the dreams of the youth be sacrificed to this corrupt examination system?”

The Congress general secretary also asked whether it is not the government’s responsibility to seriously consider the complaints and take action instead of ignoring the students and parents? He said, “The BJP government should give up its arrogance and think seriously about the future of the youth and take measures to curb corruption in examinations.” Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh alleged that the sanctity of examinations is in danger under the Modi government.

He posted on ‘X’, “Under BJP rule, more than 40 papers have been leaked in Uttar Pradesh. In Madhya Pradesh, the Vyapam scam has ruined the future of lakhs of youth. Gujarat has emerged as the paper leak capital from where the conspiracy to leak papers across the country is hatched.” Ramesh said, “Every such disruption in the competitive examinations and recruitment process has a serious emotional impact on the thousands and lakhs of young candidates who prepare for these government examinations with all their heart. This is another example of a third Prime Minister putting his political prestige above the interests of the people.”

Congress media cell chief Pawan Khera alleged that the ‘NEET scam’ is ‘Vyapam 2.0’ which the Modi government wants to cover up. He said, “The Modi government should order an independent forensic investigation under the supervision of the Supreme Court in the NEET scam.” Khera said that Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s statement that there is nothing wrong is ‘shameful’ and like rubbing salt on the wounds of the students.

He said, “Is it not true that this year there were 67 toppers who got 720 marks? In 2023 this number was only two. In 2022, no candidate could score full marks. In 2021, only three candidates could score this.” He said, “Prime Minister Modi cannot always remain a mute spectator. When the future of 24 lakh youth is at stake, why is he silent? The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Center and the National Examination Agency (NTA) on a petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged irregularities in NEET-UG, 2024. A vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta also sought a response from the CBI and the Bihar government within two weeks. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Hiten Singh Kashyap.

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