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Bill on guest teachers: I am an elected CM, not a terrorist, says Kejriwal in Delhi Assembly

Opposition hits back: You (Arvind Kejriwal) are a very good leader but not a good administrator.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2017 9:35 am
Arvind kejriwal, bill on guest teachers, Kejriwal statement, Kejriwal in delhi assembly, kejriwal on guest teachers regularisation, Anil Baijal, delhi news, indian express news Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside the Assembly on Wednesday. (Source: Prem Nath Pandey)

“I am the elected chief minister, not a terrorist,” said Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Assembly, adding that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal should be “removed” if Delhi’s guest teachers are not regularised.

Kejriwal was speaking during the discussion of the Bill pertaining to regularisation of 17,000 guest teachers. Earlier, Baijal had said that matters relating to ‘Services’ fell beyond the legislative competence of the Assembly, and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the Constitutional scheme.

Kejriwal alleged that files pertaining to the matter were never shown to his deputy Manish Sisodia — on the directions of the L-G. “What state secrets do these files contain that they can’t be shown to us? There was a film that said, My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist… I would like to tell the L-G that I am the elected CM of Delhi and not a terrorist. He (Sisodia) is an elected education minister, not a terrorist.”

The speech started with Kejriwal addressing the leader of opposition Vijender Gupta “with love and respect” in a bid to “find mutual consensus”. But what followed was a combative speech from the CM, who has, of late, avoided direct confrontation with the BJP or the Prime Minister.Delhi Assembly session: BJP MLAs stage walkout over ‘unparliamentary language’

“Are the people of Delhi foolish that they elected us? Your (BJP) argument is a legal one, so they should have elected the law secretary instead of a CM… If secretaries could run government, then the country wouldn’t be drowning. Bureaucracy doesn’t run the country, democracy does. We are the maaliks (masters) of Delhi, we are the ones who run Delhi,” he said.

This prompted Gupta to note that “speaking loudly” was usually the work of the opposition. He said, “The Bill is vague and there are mistakes… this is not the job of the government, to scream loudly. It is the job of the opposition. The government doesn’t need to, it has the power to do work… You are a very good leader, but not a very good administrator.”

Kejriwal countered that they could “run the session all night long” to tweak the Bill. “We will run the session all night long, you tell us what amendments are needed… You, me, our ministers and guest teacher representatives, let us speak for as many hours as required,” he said.

The offer for dialogue on the Bill, Kejriwal said, was to “expose the hollowness” of the BJP. “They say go to bureaucracy. They know that the bureaucracy is terrified, these bureaucrats aren’t working to our orders. They will write what the L-G tells them on the phone. They want the bureaucracy to write that there are objections. Then they will sit in this very House and wave those objections dictated to them. You are hiding behind bureaucrats for your politics, agar mard ke bachche ho, stop hiding behind bureaucrats,” said Kejriwal.

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  1. S
    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    Good efforts by Delhi government it was need of the hour. Not now but atleast coming generation will be educated and wish they join politics and talk sense. Not like today's generation illiterate politicians. Very good initiative in education and medical sector. Keep the good work. We are with you Delhi government. I also like your thought of calling public to contribute in upliftment of education system in govt schools. That's called leader..
    1. M
      Oct 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm
      In 2017, an educated politician is destroying Education. Will any politician send his children to a school which does not have regular and properly screened qualified teachers? It is a shame on these politicians for ruining the foundations of India. Poorly educated students make poor citizens. Whose children are they? They are the children of the poor, especially migrants from UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa. These poor are either living a miserable life, surviving on doles like free food grain, free water, free electricity and free education. They live in shanties called shamelessly by politicians as Illegal Colonies! Their children will be as miserable after 20 or 50 years as their parents. What great acts of kindness of the so called aam aadmi party. Shame on such political philosophy. It is at the same time petty politics. Had Arvind been honest he could have organised selections within 15 days and made regular appointments, but he is trying vainly to derive political mileage.
      1. S
        Oct 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm
        What's your efforts to uplift education?
      2. Sudhir Suri
        Oct 5, 2017 at 9:52 am
        I as an outsider and do not know enough. I feel that a approved process for selecting of teachers should be adhered to, The guest teachers could be given some weight age in experience column .To my mind arbitrary appointment will pave way for appointments through back door Mr Kejriwal should not use his disruptive experience to change established procedure.
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          Ravindra Kumar
          Oct 5, 2017 at 9:45 am
          Hi Arvind ji, you are doing a good Job people of Delhi understand what you and your team is doing, let bhakts use their own logic and don't give them a . Keep working in right direction instead blame game its their work let them do. Also some stupid people are blind they just want to follow religious politics. but one day they will realize they were wrong. Every sector in India is on its minimum level in terms of earning of people.
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            Narayan Singh
            Oct 5, 2017 at 9:38 am
            Supporter of terrorists are also terrorists but in your case you are fraudster too .
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