Former Punjab ministers call CM Mann’s visit to Delhi schools a ‘political drama’

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s Monday visit to Delhi to survey its schools and hospitals was criticized by opposition parties who called his visit a “political drama” and a “photo opportunity”.

Congress leaders Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh Raja and Shiromani leader Akali Dal Daljit Singh Cheema also took to Twitter to criticize the Punjab CM.

State Congress Speaker Amarinder Singh Raja Warring said in his Tweet (in Hindi) that states are run with policies and intentions and not ‘jumlas’. Referring to the plight of farmers in the state, he asked Mann to run less in Delhi and spend more time in Punjab.

In another Tweet, he said, “While @BhagwantMann is on ‘study leave’ in Delhi, farmers have been stuck with another hit of Rs 150/bag DAP price hike by hostile government @ BJP4India at the Centre. Being in Delhi, Mann Sahab should take the time for his ‘tutorials’ to raise the issue with the Centre.”

Meanwhile, former State Congress Speaker Navjot Singh Sidhu said in a tweet: “[email protected]’s 2 day visit to Delhi is a diversion from the real issues, it’s just a session photo for the benefit of more elections and a waste of state finances. Punjab needs politics to get out of the financial, agricultural and energy crisis. Local problems need a local solution. The solution lies in the income generation.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Daljit Singh Cheema also mocked Mann. “Before planning a tour to study the ‘Delhi model of education’, @BhagwantMann should have visited his own schools first to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Today’s political drama may be helpful in selling his pseudo model in poll-related states, but won’t be much help to state,” he said.

In another tweet later that day, Cheema said, “Breaking: After reaching Delhi, @BhagwantMann learned that they are following the Punjab Meritorious Schools model with some modifications. Thank you, @ArvindKejriwal for inviting our CM and for informing him of the Punjab Model Schools.”

Meanwhile, according to media reports, Mann, while interacting with reporters in Delhi, said that after seeing the schools in Delhi, he discovered that it was a higher level education.

This is something that could not be thought of even by the great schools that have been set up by Delhi Government Schools. He said he had seen such schools in America-Canada but not in India.

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Posted: Monday April 25th 2022, 8:54 PM IST