Updated: November 12, 2018 3:18:58 am
Bringing together the inauguration of a new school block and a mushaira led by popular poet Imran Pratapgarhi, the AAP-led Delhi government sought to sharpen its pitch for the 2019 polls by placing government schools at the centre of its campaign.
In an event attended by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and AAP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Atishi Marlena, a new building for the Joga Bai Senior Secondary School was inaugurated at New Friends Colony and awards for best schools and principals in Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan’s constituency were presented.
What distinguished this school inauguration from others was the crowd, numbering thousands, drawn by Pratapgarhi’s performance. According to Khan, the new school building will begin operations this week and will have 2,700 girls and 2,400 boys.
Addressing the huge crowd, Sisodia said, “As the education minister, I would like to thank all of you for the way in which you have encouraged our students, teachers and principals. The teachers work very hard… and it is because of their effort that in the last two years, the results of government schools have surpassed that of private schools.”
He also took a dig at the BJP: “It has been four-and-a-half years since Modiji became the PM, and before that he was the chief minister of Gujarat for 12 years. I want to say that there isn’t a single school like this one in Gujarat. The BJP has governments in several states, but I can state as a challenge that not even one school like this one can be found in those states… They want to do politics through Hindus and Muslims, we want to do politics through schools. They want to do politics through temples and mosques, we want to do politics through schools and hospitals.”
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