SP create ruckus in LS over CSAT; demand rollback

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,20:10 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The RJD, the SP and the JD(U) today  created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the issue of police atrocities on students protesting against CSAT, the new pattern of UPSC  examination for civil services, and demanded its roll back.

The RJD also demanded that the government share with the House the report of the committee, set up to look into the matter.    As soon as the Zero Hour began and Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave his suo motu statement on the Pune landslide, Rajesh Ranjan  Yadav, alias Pappu Yadav, rose in his seat and waved copies of  some newspaper carrying reports and pictures of the police action.

He wanted to speak on the subject and pose some question to  Mr Singh but the Minister had left the House after making the  statement.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she would give him time later.    Angry over her response, Mr Yadav took to the Well where he  was joined in by Dharmendra Yadav of the SP and Kaushlendra Kumar  of the JD(U) protesting on the same issue. His other party  colleague Jaiprakash Narayan Yadav and wife Ranjit Ranjan Yadav  also joined.

Congress members, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gaurav Gogoi,  MI Shahnawaz also left their seats and reached the Well but they  were agitated over their leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge not being allowed to seek clarification from the Home Minister on his statement on the Pune landslide.    While Mr Rajesh Ranjan Yadav and SP and JD(U) members continued with their vociferous protests in the Well, shouting slogans ”Lathi goli ki sarkar nahin chalegi”, Ms Mahajan continued with the Zero Hour business.

He finally tore down the newspaper he was waving and flung its pieces at the Speaker’s podium and the Secretary General’s table  for which he was admonished by her.    Mr Rajesh Ranjan Yadav later apologised for his behaviour  when he was finally allowed to speak on the subject.
He said he would not indulge in such behaviour in future.    He said so far 38 students had gone missing, according to newspaper reports.

The RJD member said the Home Minister had said that the government would act on the report of a committee, set up to  look into the matter and since the report had been submitted,  it should be shared with the House.

He added that the government should also tell what it was  doing to undo the injustice being done to students who were  not so well-versed in English.    Mr Yadav said the police atrocities on students should be immediately stopped and the new examination pattern, the Civil  Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) which gave primacy to the English  language should be withdrawn.    He said he had been compelled to raise the issue for the second consecutive day in the House as the government was not  taking action to resolve the issue.

Earlier, the Speaker had asked him why he was raising the same issue again and again.    The RJD and the SP had created uproar in the House on the  same issue yesterday too.