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‘Bura haal hai…’: Kejriwal singes ‘ally’ Congress over condition of govt schools in party-run Chhattisgarh

By, New Delhi
Aug 19, 2023 03:58 PM IST

In recent days, the two parties have been bickering over who will contest how many of Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats for next year's general elections.

Campaigning in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday slammed the state government – run by AAP ‘ally’ Congress – over what he said was ‘terrible condition' of government schools in Chhattisgarh.

Arvind Kejriwal in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (PTI)
Arvind Kejriwal in Raipur, Chhattisgarh (PTI)

The Delhi chief minister was speaking at an election rally in state capital Raipur. He was accompanied by party colleague and Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann.

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“Before coming here, I was reading a report…bura haal hai sarkari schools (government schools are in terrible condition). Many schools have been shut down by them (the ruling regime), while in others, there is only a single teacher for ten classes,” he said as the audience applauded him.

Kejriwal continued: “Many teachers have not received their salaries for months… teachers are being made to do everything except teach. ”

He then spoke about Delhi's government schools, noting that the situation there was drastically different from those in Chhattisgarh.

“Friends, check on the internet or ask your relatives who live in Delhi, all government schools there are glittering under my government. Since the nation got independence 75 years ago, we are the first government that has laid so much emphasis on education. Today, students in Delhi's government schools are performing way better than students of the city's private institutes,” the AAP chief proclaimed.

Kejriwal's attack on Congress' Chhattisgarh government, meanwhile, comes at a time when the two parties have been in a war of words over who will contest how many seats in Delhi for next year's Lok Sabha polls; there are seven parliamentary seats in the national capital, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning all seven in both 2014 and 2019 general elections.

The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party already share an uneasy relationship, as the latter ousted the former from power in as many as two states: Delhi and Punjab. Yet, they are among the 26 constituents of the newly-formed I.N.D.I.A (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) group of opposition parties to take on the ruling BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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