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Raj Thackeray targets EC for involving teachers in polling exercise

On being asked whether the teachers could face disciplinary action, he said: 'In fact, disciplinary action must be initiated against the Election Commission instead of teachers.'
Last Updated : 19 February 2024, 13:54 IST
Last Updated : 19 February 2024, 13:54 IST

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Mumbai: In a move aimed at public posturing against the Election Commission of India (ECI) and at taking up the cause of the teaching community, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Monday asked teachers to decline election duty since it adversely affects students' education.

Raj’s comments came after a delegation of teachers from the Shardashram Vidyamandir School of Dadar in Mumbai met him and drew his attention to the ECI order asking them to report for poll duty.

"I asked them and others to not take up poll duty at the cost of teaching. Who will teach the students….,” Raj said.

“What was the ECI doing for five years? Were they sleeping, don’t they know that the elections are coming periodically? Have the elections been announced abruptly? Why can’t they create a separate cadre for poll duties, train them and then deploy them for their work. They are not conducting polls for the first time,” said Raj.

“They should not report for election duties or programs anywhere,” he asked teachers.

On being asked whether the teachers could face disciplinary action, he said: “In fact, disciplinary action must be initiated against the Election Commission instead of teachers.”

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Published 19 February 2024, 13:54 IST

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