West Bengal Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, alleging that Rs 262 crore was allocated in the state cabinet to solve the problem of teacher recruitment, said today he would drag the Trinamool Congress government to the court against the corruption scandal. Showing a sheet of paper at an organisational meeting of BJP's top state leaders on Thursday, Adhikari said he has the minutes of the state cabinet meeting.
Adhikari claimed the minutes mention the allocation of Rs 262 crore for the said dubious purpose. "It was meant to recruit job seekers who were in the SSC waiting list with that money," the BJP leader said.
Adhikari said that this initiative was taken to legalise illegal recruitment. He said he would take the matter to the court.
On Thursday, seven cells of the BJP held this organisational meeting with the state leadership at the auditorium of the Eastern Culture Centre in Bidhannagar (Salt Lake). The cabinet meeting Adhikari was referring to was chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on 5 May.
It was in that cabinet meeting that the chief minister allegedly sanctioned Rs 262 crore purportedly to settle the issue by giving jobs to all candidates on the waiting list while not disturbing the employment of all the illegally recruited undeserving aspirants.
Adhikari claimed that even though the cabinet took this decision, it was not allowed by the former governor of Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar. He said, "This cabinet note was blocked by the previous governor and current Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. This note says, 50,000 of the 58,000 recruitments were sold and 8,000 were received by the children and relatives of politicians."
Trinamool Congress claims it does not take Adhikari seriously
The ruling Trinamool Congress, however, is not taking the warning seriously. Party spokesman Tapas Roy claimed that the party was working towards the goal of "jobs for all".
Roy said, “It is unfortunate that he (Adhikari) is the leader of the opposition today. He does not even know what he says at what point. Mamata Banerjee still says that she and the government want jobs for all. We sympathise with them.”
Chandrima Bhattacharya, the West Bengal Minister for finance (independent charge) health and family welfare, land and land reforms, refugee and rehabilitation, when contacted, did not want to comment on Adhikari's claim. She said, "We want everyone to have a job. Besides, after getting to know of such an allegation, it would not be proper to make any comment without seeing the documents.''