Candidates say no to SIT, will continue to protest

They will keep at it until the exam is cancelled; farmers arrive to extend support.

Ahmedabad: Farmer leaders across the state have now extended their support to GSSSB (Gujarat Subordinate Service Selection Board) candidates on the fourth day of their protest against the government. The applicants continue to hold their position, demanding that the exam be cancelled. They say they are not satisfied with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the government on Thursday.

Thousands of aspirants have gathered demanding that GSSSB’s recruitment exam for non-secretariat clerks held on November 17, 2019 to be invalid due to the ‘irregularities’ brought to light by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), which also provided CCTV footage of candidates cheating. While many left after Thursday’s announcement, many others are many still sitting near Mahatma Mandir. Congress leaders Amit Chavda and Paresh Dhanani, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and independent MLA Jignesh Mevani were with the agitators the whole night to provide moral support.

Palabhai Ambaliya, president of Khedut Hit Rakshak Samiti, drove for five hours from Rajula to extend moral support to the students. “I am here because I am aware that many of the aspirants are from the farming family. They are here for justice. I decided to be with them when I heard yesterday that some of the so-called leaders have left the students alone,” he said. “I will be here, even only five students remain to protest,” he further said.

A farmer leader from Saurasthra, Ratansinh Dodiya also joined the students on Friday. He said, “The agitators are young boys and girls on their own. They are children of farmers and mostly from a rural background, they need support from us. We are just being with them, More farmers are joining us from Saturday.”