CM’s SIT move punctures Congress plan to politicise GSSSB issue

Gandhinagar: A prompt and swift action by a ‘sensitive and transparent’ Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to constitute a five-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the GSSSB exams imbroglio has virtually punctured a Congress plan to make it an issue across the state, especially among the youth and students.

A large section of students, who appeared for the exams held on November 17, and other supporting students were quite agitated for the last three days over the allegations of paper leaks during the exams. At that juncture, the principal opposition party – Congress – had planned state-wide protests but with Rupani’s timely move, Congress’s plans crashed on the runway before take-off.

The SIT is headed by Additional Chief Secretary (GAD) Kamal Dayani and consists of Additional Director General of Police CID (Crime) Manoj Shashidharan, Inspector General of Gandhinagar range Mayanksinh Chavda and Additional Secretary (GAD) Jwalant Trivedi.

According to sources, the SIT has been specifically asked by the Chief Minister to furnish their inquiry report within ten days and if required, the possibility of fresh exams is also not ruled out. The Rupani government’s stand is very clear that it firmly believes in the fairness, independence, and transparency of the examination process and there is no reason or room for anyone to not believe this commitment of the Chief Minister.

The SIT has already started looking into the allegations of cheating cases during the competitive exams held by the Gujarat Subsidiary Services Selection Board (GSSSB).

Minister of State of Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told reporters on Friday that a section of the leaders of the candidates had even submitted some CCTV footage before the SIT, while other complaints received by the GSSSB had also been handed over to SIT. He reiterated that the SIT will submit its report to the state government in 10 days.

Still, a small fraction of the students is trying to prolong the issue and continuing the protests. They have been joined by some farmers too and Congress members.