Pradeep Pattanayak

The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of selling more than half of the recently-filled 20,000 teacher posts. 

Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar, state BJP’s spokesperson Anil Biswal trained guns at the ruling dispensation and said, “The state government seems to have made it a policy to sell jobs and, if the matter comes to the fore, they will suppress it. There are examples galore. The question papers of the Odisha Teachers’ Eligibility Test (OTET) were leaked and there was corruption in the OPSC and Odisha Sub-ordinate Staff Selection exams.”

“In all the examinations, question papers and jobs were sold and no action has been taken. I would like to remind you of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his associate Arpita Mukherjee who were involved in the recruitment scam there. Our question is who the Partha Chatterjees and Arpita Mukherjees are of Odisha?” said Biswal. 

“We are not saying that all the recently-filled teacher jobs have been sold. Some genuine and meritorious candidates have been appointed. But, the government has sold half of the posts. We demand a high-level investigation to find out who is involved in the job scam and stringent action should be taken against them,” Biswal added. 

While responding to the accusations of the BJP, BJD’s Jagatsinghpur MLA and government chief whip, Prasanta Kumar Muduli said, “For the posts lying vacant in Odisha, interviews were conducted and the process of appointment has been started. So, there should be no vacant posts in primary or high schools. Several things are going to happen before the general election.”