Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivedendra Singh Rawat on Friday faced social media roastings after a video of a widowed teacher being ill-treated by him publicly went viral. Angered by the widowed teacher Uttara Bahugana’s request for a transfer, Rawat had ordered her immediate suspension and arrest. The teacher was briefly arrested later.
However, within hours of the video going viral, it has emerged that the chief minister’s wife, also a teacher, has not been transferred for 22 years as she continued to enjoy the plum posting. An RTI reply, tweeted by news agency ANI, revealed that Sunita Rawat was posted in a school in Dehradun’s Ajabpur Kalan since 1996 even after she received promotion in 2008.”
AN RTI query reveals that #Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat’s wife Sunita Rawat is posted in a school in Dehradun’s Ajabpur Kalan since 1996 even after she received promotion in 2008. CM had ordered suspension of a teacher after she argued with him in Janta Darbar y’day over her transfer. pic.twitter.com/yYTfMnpXLH
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2018
This has further angered the social media users, who are now incensed over Rawat’s sheer hypocrisy. Journalisr Saikat Dutta wrote, “BJP CM Rawat of Uttarkhand got a teacher suspended and arrested for seeking a transfer after 25 years. His wife, also a teacher, has been in Dehradun for 22 years, reveals RTI. Irony jumped off a cliff again.” User Dinesh Vimal wrote, “She is CM’s wife so rules. they bend rules or will not obey rules. Rules are for only poor people” Another user Rashmi wrote, “Shame on y CM. Yr wife must get an transfer within next 48 hr if really posted for 8 years.”
Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia tweeted, “A teacher who asked for a transfer to Dehradun after 25Yrs was denied By Utrakhand CM,suspended &arrested for shouting.A teacher Sunita Rawat was transferred from a tough region within 4Yrs &has been in Dehradun since 22 years as she is W/O BJP CM Rawat.”
A teacher who asked for a transfer to Dehradun after 25Yrs was denied By Utrakhand CM,suspended &arrested for shouting.A teacher Sunita Rawat was transferred from a tough region within 4Yrs &has been in Dehradun since 22 years as she is W/O BJP CM Rawat! https://t.co/lWiNKhTT3v
— Arjun Modhwadia (@arjunmodhwadia) June 29, 2018
In the viral video, Bahuguna was seen pleading by invoking her desperate personal circumstances as a result of losing husband’s death, but this had no impact on the chief minister.
Bahuguna told Rawat that she was a teacher in Uttarkashi while children were in Dehradun. The death of her husband meant that there was no one to look after her children. Sharing her woes while requesting for transfer during the chief minister’s regular janta darbar (Citizens’ interaction with the CM), she requested him to consider transfering her to Dehradun.
But Rawat insultingly asked her, “Had you not realised this when you agreed to do this job in the first place?” The teacher answered, “Yes, but I did not know that (due to my husband’s death), I will be forced to go on exile. The job is important to me, but so are my children. You will have to do justice to me since beti bachao, beto padhao is the slogan of your party.”
Far from showing sympathy to the elderly woman’s personal circumstances, Rawat was seen losing cool. He was then heard ordering her immediate suspension and even get her arrested, “Is ko suspend karo. (Suspend her immediately.)”
Rawat was sworn in as the state’s new chief minister after his party, the BJP, won a landslide in March last year.