Teacher falls prey to leaders’ promise

Bajura, June 13

Satya Rokaya of Chhededah Rural Municipality lost her teaching job after she gave in to the temptation to become the Nepali Congress candidate for the post of vice chair of a rural municipality in Bajura.

Rokaya had been working at the primary level as a relief quota teacher at Masta Lower Secondary School for the past eight years. “I resigned from the post after NC party leaders assured they would give me a ticket for the vice-chair candidate at Chhededah Rural Municipality,” Rokaya said. “The party’s decision to give ticket to someone else has left me with no option for earning my living,” Rokaya bemoaned.

Earlier, NC leaders from village to the district had assured they would get her the ticket and asked Rokaya to show active involvement in election campaigning.

Officials at the District Education Office had urged her not to put in her paper until her ticket to contest the polls was assured, but she did not heed their advice. Loss of job and being deprived of the ticket to vie for the polls have mentally stressed Satya.

NC has picked Kunti Budha as candidate for vice-chair at Chehdedah Rural Municipality. “Padam Shahi as candidate for chair and my name as vice-chair were assured. But, the party betrayed us at the last moment,” Rokaya complained.

Four teachers, including Rokaya, had resigned to contest phase II civic polls.