The standoff between the Centre and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refuses to die down. This time, the bone of contention are the questions asked at the CAPF (central armed police force) recruitment examination, related to the “poll violence” in West Bengal and farmers’ protest against three controversial farm laws.
Banerjee on Wednesday said hit out at the Centre over the “politically motivated” questions asked in the highly competitive exam and said it proved that the BJP has politicised the central forces to serve its political interests. She alleged that the questions were prepared at the “BJP party office” and undermined the impartiality of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Banerjee said, “I was shocked to see that politically motivated questions were asked in an exam conducted by UPSC. I respect UPSC and our central forces. It shows how the BJP has politicised the central forces to serve its political interests. We have seen how CAPF were used to capture booths and kill people at Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar during the assembly poll in West Bengal”.
Hitting back against Banerjee’s allegations, the BJP said there is nothing wrong in asking questions which are based on facts.
In April, four persons were killed in firing by the CAPF at a polling station at Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar during the fourth phase of assembly poll in the state.
“This (questions) is too much and completely unacceptable. What is the message they (Centre) are trying to send out through this incident? That if you want to work in the central forces, you have to be a yes man of BJP and believe whatever canards they are spreading,” she said.
“The UPSC is setting questions under BJP’s direction. UPSC used to be an impartial body, but now its question papers are being prepared in BJP’s party office. Even the question in a UPSC paper on farmers” protest was politically motivated,” she said adding that the saffron party is “destroying institutions like the UPSC”.