WB: 350 Govt Job Aspirants On 29th Day Of Indefinite Hunger Strike; 50 Hospitalised
Just when the Lok Sabha Elections are about to start, lack of jobs in the state has hit a roadblock in the political campaigning of Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Nearly 350 government job aspirants protesting against the current government and sitting on an indefinite hunger strike is only besmirching the current government.
The protest has entered its 29th day and is taking place in front of the Kolkata Press Club. According to the protesters, they all are among 5000 candidates who applied for the post of assistant teachers and also qualified the School Service Commission (SSC) exams in 2013 and 2017, but they are still waiting to get recruited. The protestors also proffered that there has been no recruitment since 2014 and that thousands of vacancy persist across several government schools in the state, reported ABP News.
Several ill as the protest continues
There have been several protests regarding the issue but on a smaller scale. According to various reports, in the protest around 50 aspirants fell ill and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Protestors said that they would only stop the protest if their demands are met. One of the protesters, Prakash Ghosh stated that they would hold the demonstrations till April 3, when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a rally in the city, reported The Telegraph.
Mamata meets the aspirants
Mamata Banerjee finally paid her visit and talked to the aspirants on the 28 days of the protests. The Chief Minister invited the aspirants to discuss with the newly built committee that is formed under the education minister Partha Chatterjee on March 22. She further said that they desire to look into the matter after the elections and argued that if the party does something now, it will violate the Modal Code of Conduct laid down by The Election Commission. She said, “I will sympathetically consider your case as much as I can…. I request you to wait for some time. Elections have been announced. Even if I want to (resolve the matter), I cannot get it done. The model code of conduct is in place.” She has further requested the aspirants to call off the protests.
Slinging mud at the state government, Biman Bose, Left Front Chairman said that the CM is duping everyone by citing MCC.