NEET row: AAP protests at Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s residence

The AAP Youth Wing alleged that the Delhi Police prevented the demonstrators from meeting Pradhan and resorted to lathi charges when they resisted.
Members of AAP youth and students wing stage a protest against the alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 exam results, near Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhans residence, in New Delhi.
Members of AAP youth and students wing stage a protest against the alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 exam results, near Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhans residence, in New Delhi.Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: Members of the AAP Youth Wing held a protest outside Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s residence in Delhi on Wednesday, demanding cancellation of this year’s NEET-UG due to alleged irregularities.

The AAP Youth Wing alleged that the Delhi Police prevented the demonstrators from meeting Pradhan and resorted to lathi charge when they resisted. There was no immediate reaction from the Delhi Police.

The medical entrance examination NEET-UG, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), was held on May 5, with around 24 lakh candidates taking part. The results were announced on June 4.

There have been allegations of question paper leaks in states such as Bihar and other irregularities in the exam. The allegations have led to protests in several cities and filing of petitions in several high courts as well as the Supreme Court.

Led by AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha, the protestors demanded the minister’s resignation on moral grounds and called for a re-examination to ensure equal opportunity for all students.

Jha asserted that the government is jeopardising the future of the nation’s youth and pledged that AAP will continue its fight for justice from the streets to the Parliament. “The NEET rigging has impacted thousands of students, prompting calls for the exam’s cancellation and a thorough investigation by a committee headed by a retired judge,” he said.

The protestors raised slogans of “Shame on the education minister” and “Stop commercialisation of education” to drive home their point.

Jha said, “We want a committee to be formed under the supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge to investigate the NEET scam so that the children who took the exam can be assured that if they appear on the merit list, their selection will be certain,” he said. He said the exam should be cancelled.

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sandeep Pathak accused the BJP of institutionalising paper leaks and demanded the resignation of the Union education minister over irregularities in the NEET. Pathak said corruption in education was an act of treachery. Pathak said the AAP sought a response of the Prime Minister over the matter.

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