Close on the heels of the ‘shoe-cleaning’ episode, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati is in news again after a school-teacher was sacked allegedly for approaching her with a personal petition during her visit to the institution.
Officials maintained that Preeti Pandey, deployed as a 'Siksha Mitra' (ad-hoc teacher) in a primary school in Naunikpur village of the district, was removed for breaching the security cordon of the CM.
Pandey said she tried to give a petition to Mayawati from her sister-in-law who was being allegedly harassed by in-laws.
Mayawati told her that “don't give it to me” and moved away, she alleged.
The teacher approached the CM as she was about to enter her car after completing a visit to the school on February 6. Pandey said some official accompanying Mayawati took the petition but she was later sacked for submitting the complaint.
"I have been sacked because I gave my petition to behnji. My sister-in-law told me that she will commit suicide if I do not give the complaint. I had no option," Pandey said.
Basic education officer Raj Bahadur sacked the woman on charges of breaching the security cordon of the CM and “not taking interest in educational activities”.
Bahadur said he had earlier received complaints against her that she was not taking interest in her work.