Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday accepted an invitation from Gujarat BJP leader CR Paatil to visit the state and see the standard of government schools there, and hoped that the BJP leader wouldn’t turn around.
Sisodia said he was happy that education had become a political discussion agenda in Gujarat ahead of the assembly elections, as he invited Paatil to visit public schools in Delhi and see how classy they have become world in just five years under his leadership. of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Public schools in Gujarat are in “very bad shape” under BJP rule, Sisodia said, saying people in the state want good schools and believe the AAP can overhaul the school education system in the five years after taking the helm.
Sisodia’s remarks came after Paatil accused AAP leaders of misleading people in Gujarat and urged them to visit public schools in the state to see their standards.
“BJP Gujarat President CR Paatil has invited me to visit public schools in the state and see the facilities. I accept his invitation and hope he will set a date for our visit soon. We will start by the Assembly constituency of Gujarat Education Minister Jitubhai Vaghani and then visit other public schools in the state,” Sisodia told a press conference here.
“I also want to invite him to visit Delhi and see our schools too,” he said.
Addressing a rally in Surat earlier in the day, Paatil accused AAP leaders of misleading people by falsely promising a very good education system.
“Some people come here and try to deceive the citizens by promising to provide very good education. They are welcome to come here once and see. They will learn their shortcomings and also see the level of education in Surat Municipal Corporation and Gujarat,” Paatil said.
In response, Sisodia said he had seen how bad the state of public schools in Gujarat was during his visits to various districts in the poll-related state.
It will take at least 15,000 years to revise them at the rate at which the BJP government is working, he claimed.
“I am happy that education is now on the agenda of political discussions in Gujarat. I hope he (Paatil) does not go back on his statement and set a date soon to show me public schools of Gujarat,” added Sisodia.
He said the people of Gujarat pinned their hopes on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the revival of the school education system in the state.
“The BJP could modernize only 73 public schools in Gujarat in the last 27 years. At this rate, it will take the BJP 15,000 years to modernize 40,800 public schools across the state. Kejriwal has made public schools in Delhi into world classes in just five years and the people of Gujarat now also want his role model in their state,” he added.
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