The prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi was on the target of teachers working on contract basis with Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamic Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Centerally sponsored schemes (CSS) in a protest organised here on Tuesday.
Nearly 200 teachers gathered outside the house of minister of forests and wildlife preservation Chunni Lal Bhagat, raised slogans against Modi, BJP ministers and the state government. The agitating teachers also burnt an effigy of Modi during their protest.
"On what grounds Modi is seeking votes from the country when his party, which is an alliance partner in the state government, had failed to save interests of the working class. We have been protesting for our genuine demands For the last several months, but BJP leaders have almost surrendered before SAD ministers," said Ram Bhajan Choudhary, state president of the teachers' union.
"Instead of regularising jobs of those who are working selflessly with the state government for over last five years and had shown even excellent results, the government is adamant to register false cases against the union leaders to foil the agitation," he said.
The speakers, while addressing the gathering, announced to vote against the ruling alliance leaders for their failure on teachers' demands, in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. "All of us will work to ensure the defeat of ruling alliance candidates," said Choudhary.
The teachers, earlier assembled at local Desh Bhagat Yadgar hall, before marching towards the house of the forest minister, nearly two kms from there.
Heavy police force was deployed outside the house of the minister to avoid any untoward incident. The minister, however, was not available at home.
The agitating leaders announced that their next protest would be held outside the house of Bhatinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Bhatinda.