Rahul Gandhi slams UP govt over baton charge on protesters


New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for using force against the unemployed teachers who were protesting against the government for lack of employment opportunities.

After a video surfaced which showed the state police lathi charging a groups of protesting teaching aspirants and chasing them in Lucknow.

"Those who were asking for jobs were given batons. When BJP comes to ask for votes, remember this," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

The video was also shared by the Samajwadi Party on its official twitter handle.

"The CM who denied reservation to Dalit and backward communities during the recruitment of 69,000 assistant school teachers, is now lashing out on them with lathis. Amid a peaceful candle march being carried out by the 69,000 teacher candidates, the police lathi charge against them is sad and shameful! The unemployed youth will bring revolution in the state, there will be a change in 2022," the SP said.

A mega recruitment drive and exams were held in Uttar Pradesh in 2019 to hire 69,000 assistant school teachers. The process of recruitment was soon marred with allegations of bias and irregularities, including on allocation of quotas in the merit list of those selected, that it brought the entire process under a shadow of suspicion.