Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Don’t think we will allow the ‘mastermind go scot-free in school job scam’: Mamata

‘State would appeal to the judiciary to allow the state to fill up the vacant teaching posts’

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

Without naming the Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday, called him a “traitor” and accused him of being involved in the school recruitmen­t scam.

“During his stint in our party, he (Suvendu Adhikari) reaped maximum benefits by accepting favours against providing recruitmen­t which is unthinkabl­e. In the fear of getting caught, he is posing as a saint and moving the judiciary to deprive the poor candidates of their jobs. We will expose his false sainthood. We have zero tolerance for illegal activities,” Banerjee said during a state government’s distributi­on programme at Tamluk in East Midnapore.

Adhikari was with Trinamool Congress for years and defected to the BJP in 2020. Banerjee accused him of using

unfair means to amass crores of wealth. “We know how he benefited from it but I am not in favour of taking away jobs from someone. It is they (the BJP) who deprive people of jobs and we provide jobs. But don’t think we will let the

mastermind go scot-free,” she thundered.

Banerjee clarified that the state government is willing to provide jobs which are being held up due to litigation­s of the Opposition. She said that the state would appeal to the judiciary to allow the state to fill up the vacant teaching posts. According to her, about 60 to 70 thousand jobs in schools are stalled because of such legal issues. Incidental­ly, several cases are pending before the court associated with alleged corruption in the appointmen­t of teachers. The central agencies such as ED and CBI are investigat­ing these cases.

She also rebutted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent allegation­s that Rs 47,000 crore given to the Bengal government was usurped. She said: “Since 2014-15 to 202122, the Centre gave Rs 29,834 crore while the state has spent Rs 20,000 crore for Awas Yojana (housing

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 ?? PICS/MPOST ?? Mamata Banerjee at the programme, in East Midnapore, on Monday
PICS/MPOST Mamata Banerjee at the programme, in East Midnapore, on Monday

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