Paper leaks countrywide problem, BJP should avoid 'cheap' politics over it: Rajasthan CM's OSD Lokesh Sharma

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Jaipur, Jan 29 (PTI) Citing a recent paper leak incident in Gujarat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's OSD Lokesh Sharma on Sunday said it has become a countrywide problem and the opposition in the state should not do 'cheap politics' over it.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party in Rajasthan have repeatedly targeted the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government over paper leak cases and have demanded a CBI inquiry.

“It is once again clear from the incident in Gujarat that paper leaks are happening in other states of the country also. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot himself has said many times that this has become a countrywide problem and is a matter of great concern,” Sharma, the officer on special duty (OSD) to CM Gehlot, tweeted in Hindi.

Earlier, on January 24, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Meena sat on a dharna with thousands of youths from Dausa to protest the paper leaks and demand a CBI inquiry.

Referring to the uproar by the opposition on the first day of the Budget session in the legislative assembly on January 23, Sharma said, “It is not fair to do cheap politics on this issue by the BJP. They did not even allow the Governor's address in the Vidhan Sabha. There is a need to take strict action against such gangs flourishing across the country and playing with the future of the youth." He said there is a need to move forward to find a solution to this problem.

"In Rajasthan, the government is taking strict action in such incidents, sending dishonest people to jail, dismissing them from service, and blacklisting guilty candidates. Provision has been made to attach the property of the institutions and individuals involved," Sharma said in another tweet on Sunday.

The Rajasthan second-grade teacher's recruitment paper was leaked last month, following which the paper was cancelled. Earlier also, some other recruitment exam papers had been leaked in the state. PTI SDA FZH