Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi has criticised police action against protesting candidates of UP teachers' test in Lucknow. In a tweet shared on Sunday, Varun, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit, sought to know why recruitments are not taking place when there are vacancies in the government.
"If there are vacancies and also eligible candidates, why is there no recruitment," he tweeted in Hindi along with a viral video in which policemen can be seen chasing and cane-charging the protesters.
The protesters were trying to march towards the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath when police cracked down. They were protesting over alleged irregularities in a 2019 exam to recruit 69,000 assistant teachers in the state.
The police crackdown also drew sharp criticism from opposition parties Samajwadi Party and the Congress. While Akhilesh's party condemned the 'brutal lathicharge', former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appealed to people to 'remember this when BJP asks for votes'.
"The UP government gave sticks to those seeking employment- Remember when BJP comes to ask for votes!" he tweeted.
BJP MP Varun Gandhi has been critical of the BJP government's handling of economic and employment issues without directly targeting the central dispensation. He had recently highlighted the lack of government employment opportunities for the young and wondered how long should they keep patience, saying a sense of frustration is seeping into them.
Gandhi said avenues of employment for the average young person in rural India are largely restricted to seeking government jobs but the government is employing less than before in every sector be it defence, police, railways or education.
Seventeen papers have been cancelled just in Uttar Pradesh in the last two years as the exam papers have been leaked with no large syndicate being identified till date, he said.
He had also been vocal in his support to the farmers' agitation against the three farm laws. Parliament recently passed a bill to annul the three laws.