The Tripura Police Department had published the merit list of 1,443 selected candidates out of a total of 2,200 on December 27. After this announcement, the jobless candidates attacked the party offices at many places, accusing the BJP leaders of disobeying promises and not giving them jobs by taking bribe.
Agartala: A large number of candidates whose names did not figure in the merit list for jobs in Tripura State Rifles (TSR), a paramilitary force of Tripura state, led to widespread protests in different parts of the state, alleging that the local leadership had not given the job to Falsely promised.
The Tripura Police Department had published the merit list of 1,443 selected candidates out of a total of 2,200 on December 27. After this announcement, protesters attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party offices at many places and there were incidents of arson in some places. Out of 1,443 candidates selected, 357 are from other states.
Many protesters claimed to be BJP supporters. On December 29, youths who appeared for job exams protested in front of the state secretariat and near the premises of the Tripura High Court.
He alleged that the local party leadership had made false promises of jobs and there was resentment among BJP supporters after being denied government jobs.
Protesters vandalized BJP offices at several places, including Amarpur in Gomti district, Belonia in South district and Bishalgarh in Sipahijala district.
Talking to reporters on December 30, a senior police officer said, “We have detained around 75 protesters after they blocked the road in front of the High Court. They were not given prior permission to protest here. They were later released.
Talking to reporters, one of the protesters alleged that a senior BJP leader had promised him a job in the TSR recruitment drive.
She said, ‘My husband had died while working for the party. A senior BJP leader, who is now holding a prestigious post, came to my house and promised that when the applications for the TSR post are released, I will get the job.
Another candidate from Belonia sub-division of Tripura South district said, “This is unacceptable. The families of those who have got jobs in our area are identified as staunch Left supporters. Despite having all the required qualifications and passing all the required tests for TSR Recruitment, we were not able to get the job while those with low scores were selected.
He also alleged that the entire recruitment process was rigged and people got jobs in return for huge sums of money.
Similar allegations were also leveled against BJP Charilam Mandal President Rajkumar Debnath.
Sumita Debnath, a party worker from Brajapur area of Charilam, claimed that she had given a bribe of Rs 3 lakh to Debnath for a job in TSR in the presence of local BJP leader Gopal Debnath.
“Yesterday the list was published and my son’s name is missing. I tried calling them (BJP leaders) and they are giving assurances again. He told me that he would take up the issue in the state committee meeting. But it seems that my son will not get a job. I have asked them to either fulfill their promise or return my money.
Responding to the matter, state BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said that his party does not provide jobs in return for money or in the name of the party.
“Our government believes in quality. We are strictly against such activities. We will look into the (bribery) allegations. Those who are alleging that they have given money to get jobs, they should approach the police and our party will also investigate the matter. But BJP does not support such activities.
CPI(M) state committee secretary Jitendra Choudhary has demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident by a sitting judge of the Tripura High Court.
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