Politicians in India are often accused of developing sense of entitlement and brazenly displaying arrogance after they are elected to power. There’s nothing new in their humility, shown while seeking votes, often giving way to utter disdain for the same people after they’ve won the elections.
That’s precisely what Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat did on Thursday, when he was seen crossing limits, in his bid to show a widowed teacher from the state her place. Rawat successfully managed to inform the hapless elderly woman as to who the real boss was in Uttarakhand.
The widowed teacher kept pleading by invoking her desperate personal circumstances as a result of losing her husband, but this had no impact on the chief minister, visibly intoxicated by the the effect of power.
The video of Rawat publicly insulting the woman teacher has now gone viral. In the video, an elderly woman is seen sharing her woes while requesting for transfer during the chief minister’s regular janta darbar (Citizens’ interaction with the CM). Far from showing sympathy to the elderly woman’s personal circumstances, Rawat is seen losing cool and using rude languages. He’s then heard ordering her immediate suspension and even get her arrested. “Is ko suspend karo. (Suspend her immediately.)” Rawat is heard ordering.
Rawat doesn’t stop here. He then orders his staff to throw the woman teacher out of his janta darbar. “Le jao is ko bahar (Throw her out of this place),” He is heard saying disparagingly.
As Rawat’s security personnel forcibly push the teacher out of the venue, Rawat then orders his staff to get the widowed teacher arrested too. “Take her in custody,” he is heard saying.
The woman had approached the chief minister requesting for a relocation in job since her husband’s death had caused inconvenience to her as she was not able to look after her children. 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.”
Rawat was sworn in as the state’s new chief minister after his party, the BJP, won a landslide in March last year.