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'Is this good governance?': Chidambaram slams BJP after UP Police recruitment exam cancelled

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday cancelled the police constable recruitment examination following allegations of a question paper leak and ordered a re-test within six months.
Last Updated 25 February 2024, 07:26 IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday slammed the BJP after the recent police constable recruitment examination in Uttar Pradesh was cancelled, saying the Yogi government was "robbing the poor of their hard-earned little money and leaving them poorer and unemployed".

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday cancelled the police constable recruitment examination following allegations of a question paper leak and ordered a re-test within six months.

The state government also announced a probe into the allegations by the Special Task Force (STF).

In a post on X, Chidambaram said, "Over 43 lakh candidates wrote the examination for selection to 60,400 posts of police constables in Uttar Pradesh."

They travelled long distances in crowded buses and trains, spent money, and braved many difficulties, the former Union minister said.

"The examination was canceled yesterday. This is in the 'Best-governed state', according to PM and CM," Chidambaram said.

"Is this good governance? This is robbing the poor of their hard-earned little money and leaving them poorer and unemployed for a long time," he said.

The fact that over 43 lakh youths are unemployed and competed for 60,400 posts tells the story of Uttar Pradesh ruled by the BJP, Chidambaram added.

The police constable recruitment examination was conducted across Uttar Pradesh on February 17 and 18.

More than 240 people were arrested and detained by police across the state for allegedly adopting or planning to use unfair means in the exam.

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(Published 25 February 2024, 07:26 IST)

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