The poster pasted by Youth Congress supporters on the DI office’s signboard in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Picture by Biplab Basak
Siliguri, Aug. 3: Youth Congress supporters today pasted a sticker on the signboard outside the chamber of the district inspector of schools, identifying it as a CPM hub while a tribal outfit locked up the sub-inspectors’ office in the Dooars for the second day.
Both the outfits had been protesting the alleged nepotism in recruiting primary school teachers in Jalpaiguri district.
Around 10.45am, a group of Youth Congress workers, led by their district president Saikat Chatterjee, pasted a poster on the signboard of the DI (primary)’s office at PWD More in town. “CPM er party office er thikana poribartan…Subodh Sen Bhaban er poriborte DI School (Primary) er office ekhon CPM er jela karyalay” (the address of district CPM party office has changed. Instead of Subodh Sen Bhawan, the DI primary’s office is now the district office of CPM), read the poster.
Demonstrating at the DI office, Chatterjee said the way the officials of the district primary school council (DPSC) had provided jobs to the wives, sons, daughters, friends and the relatives of district CPM leaders, depriving the deserving candidates needed condemnation. “The DI being the secretary of the DPSC cannot evade his responsibility. We want him to give us in writing that the merit list will be cancelled or else he will have to join us in the protest and walk in our rally.”
Soon, the protesters entered DI (primary) Kaushik Roy’s chamber and pasted another poster on the wall behind his chair. The writing was almost the same. As the demonstration continued, officers from Kotwali police station arrested the Youth Congress leader and others before dispersing the protesters.
After the final list to recruit 1,411 teachers in primary schools was published by the DPSC last week, the Opposition had started consistent protests alleging that the candidates have been selected on the basis of their closeness to CPM leaders and not on merit.
A group of Congress Sevadal workers took out a protest march in town and burnt the effigy of DPSC chairperson Mrinal Pal in front of the district CPM office.
Trinamul Youth Congress continued their indefinite dharna for the fifth day today in front of the DPSC office on DBC Road, demanding Pal’s resignation and cancellation of the list. The DPSC office has not been functioning for the past five days for the sit-in.
In Malbazar’s Caltex More, Trinamul Chhatra Parishad supporters blocked NH31 for an hour from 11am on the same issue and burnt Pal’s effigy.
The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad closed down the offices of the block development officers and sub-inspector of schools in Malbazar, Matelli, Nagrakata, Birpara-Madarihat and Kalchini for the second day today.
The DI said he would forward the Youth Congress’s complaints to his superiors.
Pal could not be contacted despite several calls on his cellphone.