Manish Sisodia said it is regretful and shameful that those seated on the ministerial position in the country are aggravated by PTMs. (Photo Credit: PTI)
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has hit back at Union Minister Harsh Vardhan for ‘writing’ to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to ‘cancel parent-teacher meetings’ in government schools of Delhi, saying he should be ‘ashamed’ for it.
Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said it is regretful and shameful that those seated on the ministerial position in the country are aggravated by PTMs. He insisted that parent-teacher meetings were one of the major reasons behind the remarkable transformation in Delhi’s government schools.
The deputy chief minister even advised the BJP to advocate healthy competition by revamping government schools in states where the party is in power.
“I am angry and saddened to see BJP’s mindset to stop the PTMs of Delhi. Harsh Vardhan ji, how did you get the courage to write a letter to the L-G to cancel the parent-teacher meeting of Delhi government schools. You should be ashamed,” he said, adding the meeting will take place and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would not let the BJP cancel it.
“You (BJP) think you can stop it. It is the decision of the education department of the Delhi government; you would not be able to stop it. The basic character of the BJP, which is against education, gets shown again and again,” Sisodia added.
Hitting back, Vardhan said that he doesn’t need a certificate from the Aam Aadmi Party leader as the education sector knew him well and it is his responsibility to forward people’s representations to the authorities concerned.
"(Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal should stop treating parents as political vote-bank and innocent school children as props to garner votes. How can a PTM meeting be used for pressurizing parents to vote for AAP? Don't stoop to such levels. Maintain dignity of your chair at-least," Vardhan tweeted.
According to reports, Vardhan has written to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over a parent-teacher meeting scheduled in Delhi government schools on January 4.