Amaravati, May 1:
Telugu Desam Party MLC Mantena Satyanarayana Raju on Saturday accused the Jaganmohan Reddy Government of making the examinations a matter of ego without bothering about the virus threat to the lives of the students and their parents.
Mr. Satyanarayana Raju asserted that it was not correct on the part of the Government to hold the 10th and intermediate exams at a time when all other political parties were opposed to it. The adamant decision of the Chief Minister was proving to be very dangerous to the lives of the students. If the CM would not reconsider, then he would face embarrassment if the students boycotted exams.
In a statement here, the TDP MLC reminded the ruling YCP leaders of how even the students, parents and other sections were demanding the postponement of the exams. The Chief Minister should set aside ego for a while to think clearly about the need to postpone the exams to save the lives of everybody. All other States in the country have either postponed or cancelled the exams.
Mr. Satyanarayana Raju asked why the Government asked the students to bring face masks and sanitisers while it had already told the court that it would take all the necessary preventive measures at the examination centres. The Government should explain what steps it was taking for the safety of the students. It was clear that the rulers were sticking to their atrocious decisions without caring about the people.
Mr. Raju said that the Chief Minister had taken vaccine but was still not coming out of his Tadepalli residence. Then, it was not correct to ask the students, who were not vaccinated, to come and write exams by wearing masks. The Government spent over Rs. 1,600 Cr but had failed to create facilities for giving vaccine to the people above 18 years of age from this month. How can the Government prevent virus infections at the exam centres? Many students of 10th class and intermediate in the State were above 18 years of age. They should have been vaccinated first before asking them to write the exams.
Mr. Raju advised the CM to postpone the exams so as to avoid the disgraceful situation that might arise if the students would decide to boycott the exams otherwise.