Ryan International School asks teachers, students to join BJP; Delhi govt issues show cause notice
In a unique way to accelerate Bharatiya Janata Party's membership drive, a school in the national capital has asked teachers and students to join the BJP.
New Delhi: In a unique way to accelerate Bharatiya Janata Party's membership drive, a school in the national capital has asked teachers and students to join the BJP.
As per a report on Wednesday, teachers employed with Ryan International School have claimed that their salaries have been held back and they would get their monthly payment only if they joined the membership drive.
The school principal, however, has claimed that the move is voluntary.
Stepping into the scene, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia has warned the school of strict action.
The Delhi government has issued a show cause notice to the school and has asked it to respond on the report within three days.
Sisodia has also ordered a Deputy Director level officer to conduct a probe into the matter.
According to a daily, school's managing director Grace Pinto is now Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha's national secretary.
Teachers, students as well as parents have told the daily that they have received WhatsApp messages giving them a toll-free number, 18002662020, to enrol with the BJP.
When a message is sent to the number, the sender receives a primary membership number.
Teachers and students have to, reportedly, communicate this membership number to the management.
Reacting to the reports, Sudha Singh, principal, Ryan International School, Greater Noida, said that the authorities had no intention of creating any BJP movement, though school staff did participate in Swachh Bharat campaign.
WhatsApp message cannot be deemed as an authentic one, Singh added.