New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Sunday amid student protests over the NEET UG 2024. Saying these issues have affected over 24 lakh students, Gandhi said he would raise the matter in Parliament and address their concerns. NEET UG 2024 has triggered a row over allegations that some students have received inflated marks. As many as 67 students have received a perfect score in the 720-mark exam, with many others getting 718-719 marks. In response, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the exam, said a four-member panel has been set up to review the extra marks given to over 1,500 students at six centres over time constraints. The agency has denied allegations of a potential paper leak.

In a post in Hindi on X, Gandhi said, “Narendra Modi has not even taken oath yet and the irregularities in the NEET exam have devastated more than 24 lakh students and their families. Six students from a single exam centre topped the exam with maximum marks, while many got such marks that are technically not possible, but the government is continuously denying the possibility of paper leak.” 

Gandhi said the Congress had “made a robust plan to deal with the ‘paper leak industry’ running in connivance with the education mafia and the government machinery”. “We had pledged in our manifesto to give students ‘freedom from paper leak’ by making a law,” he added.

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Rahul Gandhi said he had a plan to stop these “paper leak” problems, which are “caused by corruption”. 

The NTA has denied any cheating, saying the higher marks were due to changes in textbooks and loss of exam time at certain centres. This issue has become political, with several parties questioning the fairness of the national medical entrance exam. On Friday, the Congress demanded a high-level investigation supervised by the Supreme Court into the NEET exam issues, and accused the BJP of cheating young people and risking their futures. Even the RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has sought a CBI probe in the matter.

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