Bhopal: Teachers of Vijaylaxmi Industrial Training Institute in Madhya Pradesh's Itarsi made students take a unique pledge – not to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP.
Reason: Online exams.
The students, prompted by a teacher, pledged not to vote for the party in upcoming Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, till the party stops conducting online examinations.
In a grainy one-minute video tweeted by news agency ANI, a group of students are seen standing in lines and repeating their pledges.
The students also pledge not to support the party or it's volunteers and workers in any manner, and convince at least three more persons to take a similar pledge in the next 24 hours.
#WATCH Teachers of Vijaylaxmi Industrial Training Institute in Itarsi ask students to take pledge not to vote for BJP in the upcoming elections & support it in any manner until it stops online examinations #MadhyaPradesh (26.01.18) pic.twitter.com/PY3S721Mbq
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2018
The incident reportedly took place during Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2018.
The BJP is currently in power in the state with Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Chief Minister's seat for 12 years.
The party is reportedly facing anti-incumbency. In recent civic polls, the BJP and the Congress won nine civic bodies in the state.
There is also a lot of opposition against exams being conducted in online mode.
Recently, former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel was appointed as the Madhya Pradesh governor.