Many prominent faces of the United Democratic Front (UDF) were seen supporting Chennithala including former ministers.

SSLC exam fiasco Chennithala sits on hunger strike threatens to intensify protest
news Politics Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:25

In the latest development on the controversy surrounding the SSLC and Pre-University exams in Kerala, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala sat on a hunger strike in front of the state Secretariat on Wednesday. 

Chennithala threatened that if the government does not listen to the Opposition’s demands by 1 pm on Wednesday, the protests will further intensify. The protest began a little after 11 am on Wednesday.

“The agitation will continue if the government is not taking the right decision at the right time. In the evening, the Kerala Students’ Union (affiliated to the Indian National Congress), will stage protests in all districts in the evening,” Chennithala told The News Minute.

Many prominent faces of the United Democratic Front (UDF) were seen supporting the former minister. All of them had gathered in a huge makeshift tent set up near the state Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.

Former ministers VS Sivakumar, Pandalam Sudhakaran, senior leader Eldhose Kunnappally, CMP leader CP John and Congress leader Rajmohan Unnithan were among the leaders seen alongside Chennithala.

Various Congress affiliated unions also came to the fasting pandal to declare their solidarity.

The Opposition led by Chennithala on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Kerala Education Minister CK Raveendranath over irregularities in the SSLC Maths exam which led to the exam being cancelled.

Media reports on Wednesday suggested that an official probe has now found that five of the questions in the Plus One Geography examination were ‘leaked’ as they were taken from the model question paper prepared by Kerala School Teachers Association, an organisation affiliated to the CPI (M).

The exam conducted on March 20 has been cancelled, and a re-exam will be held on March 30.

This attack from the Opposition also comes in the wake of NCP leader A K Saseendran resigning as the Transport Minister over allegations of him asking for sexual favours in a leaked conversation that was aired by a private TV channel.