Oppositions continue to protest against the Intermediate marks goof-up
Even days after the glitches in intermediate results, the protests continue to shake the State. Oppositions parties have intensified the fight along with parents and students. BJP leaders and workers staged a sit-in at the depots of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in various parts of the state on Thursday. The police has arrested the protesters who demanded justice to the students had no impact on the normal life.
The BJP cadres also conducted rallies in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad and other towns, demanding judicial probe into the goof-up by Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), action against the board officials and Globarena Technologies, holding them responsible for the bungling. They alleged that the TRS government was hand in glove with Globarena Technologies, the IT firm whose services were hired by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE).
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) joined hands with the Oppositions to protest against the responsible ones. The protesters seized few educational institutions and damaged the furniture in two of the colleges in Karimnagar district. Leaders like Muralidhar Rao, the BJP national General Secretary, Bandaru Dattatreya, C. Ramachandra Reddy who tried to stage a protest were arrested in Hyderabad. As state BJP President K. Laxman continued his fast at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) for a fourth day, the local police had forcibly shifted him to NIMS.
Meanwhile, the Congress party also continued its protest with the support of leaders from the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress at the party’s headquarters. Senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao and state Congress President Revanth Reddy have extended their support to the leader who is fasting.
Over 9 lakh students had appeared in Intermediate 1st Year and 2nd Year (11th and 12th standard) in February-March. The results were declared on April 18, which triggered an uproar among students who alleged large-scale discrepancies in valuation of papers and processing of the results. More than 20 students committed suicide during the last two weeks over the failure in exams. Massive protests by the students, parents and opposition parties forced the government to order free re-verification of answer sheets of all students who failed to obtain pass marks.