Controversial question on Azamgarh scrapped

Lucknow, February 28: A controversial question on Azamgarh’s alleged links with terror has been scrapped from the Uttar Pradesh civil services preliminary examination following objections from the Ulema Council, it was announced Saturday.
The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission said in a statement: ‘After giving thought to the objections from a certain community, the question has been scrapped.’

The commission has also blacklisted the person who set the question, the statement said.

After the Feb 22 examination, the Ulema Council had raised objections and demanded that the government take action against those who framed it.

The controversial question, No. 126 of the General Studies ‘C’ paper, read: ‘Which district of undivided Uttar Pradesh is maligned as a breeding ground of terrorists?’

The multiple choice question gave four options as answer – Azamgarh, Pithoragarh, Aligarh and Pratapgarh.

The Ulema Council said the question reflected the ‘dirty mindset’ of those who framed it.

Welcoming the government move, the Ulema Council said action should be taken against those responsible.

‘We welcome the government’s move as the commission has scrapped the controversial question,’ Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni, convener of the Ulema Council, told IANS on telephone from Azamgarh.

The question has hurt sentiments of all those who live in Azamgarh, added Madni.