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Question over ‘puppet’ Governor triggers political storms in Bihar


PATNA: A question about the role of Governor has triggered  tempests in Bihar with political leaders and academicians reacting angrily.

The debate began soon after students appearing at the Bihar Public Service Commission entrance test were asked to critically examine the role of Governor in state politics in India, particularly in context of Bihar, and told to explain if he is a mere puppet. The test was conducted on Sunday.

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Bihar education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma questioned the rationale behind preparing such question and wondered at the mental level of the person who set this question.

“How can a person holding top constitutional position in the state be a puppet?” asked the education minister adding the governors had their own rights and responsibilities.

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He described it as an attempt to tarnish the image of the Governor, describing the question as “improper and highly condemnable”. He said none holds the right to call governor a “puppet”.

The Bihar Public Service Commission which conducted the examination issued a formal apology to express regret over such question.

While announcing that the person setting such question has been blacklisted, the Commission said such question should not have been asked about the person holding top constitutional position in the states.

Top Commission officials said they had no role to play in what questions were being in the examination.

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