As a viral video on social media showed discarded pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other political figures being carried in a garbage cart, the municipal worker in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura was sacked Sunday.
The contractual worker at the civic body seen in the video was stopped by a local resident after the former was seen pushing a garbage cart. The framed photo of CM Yogi Adityanath could be seen in the garbage cart. “Maanya mukh mantri ji ka photo dustbin mein hai. Yeh dekhiye. (The CM’s photo is in a dustbin. Just look at this),” the man is heard saying in the video.
A municipal contractual worker has been terminated by Mathura Municipal corporation for carrying discarded photographs of Adityanath and Narendra Modi in a garbage cart.
The worker says he found the photos in a garbage dump. pic.twitter.com/xEUxCJYwRW
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The man in video is later heard telling the worker to take off the photos covered in dirt from the garbage cart, which he readily did. Another bystander could be seen picking up another photo from the cart, claiming it was of former President Abdul Kalam.
As the locals later retrieved a photo of PM Modi from the same cart, they forced the worker to reveal his name. The worker, in the viral video, is heard saying that he collected the photos from a garbage dump.
The aforementioned incident reportedly took place near Subhash Inter College in Mathura.
As the video spread across social media platforms, Additional Municipal Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Satyendra Kumar Tiwari issued a video statement. In his statement, Tiwari said the municipal worker had been fired from the municipal corporation because of ‘laparvai‘ (negligence).
The action against the worker invoked mixed reactions from internet users, with some of them asserting that the worker was not at fault and should be reinstated.
Mansoor Khan, general secretary of Congress in Karnataka, said: “Not condoning the idea of photos of those in constitutional posts being dumped like this but what was the mistake of the poor man? He was doing his duty of carrying garbage that people dumped.”
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