AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said that he will go to Lucknow on December 22 to debate with the BJP government about the condition of government schools in the State compared to schools in Delhi.
“After Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the AAP will fight elections in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time in 70 years, the State’s leaders have started talking about schools and hospitals,” Mr. Sisodia said in a video address on Wednesday.
“Yesterday [Tuesday] the Chief Minister [Mr. Kejriwal] had said that in Uttar Pradesh the condition of education, health and electricity is very bad. Many Ministers of Uttar Pradesh have suddenly reacted to this,” Mr. Sisodia said. The AAP leader cited several media reports from the past about the “dilapidated condition” of the schools in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Sisodia said that Ministers of Uttar Pradesh have challenged him to visit schools in Uttar Pradesh and also debate on Delhi’s school model.
“I accept both the challenges. Now I want to challenge them. On December 22 morning, I will reach Lucknow. Tell me who should I debate with, Yogi ji or Education Minister or with DeputyCM about government schools of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi? I ‘m coming for the debate. But only one request, please don’t go back on your challenge now,” he said.
He requested the Uttar Pradesh government to share a list of 10 schools in villages, which the BJP government has improved in the past four years, where results have visibly improved, where the buildings have been transformed, and students have succeeded in competitive exams. “I would visit these schools to see your work,” he said.
“I appeal to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, only one year is left for you. Either you fix schools of Uttar Pradesh, else after a year, people will change U.P’s politics. After one year AAP will come to power and the AAP government will fix the government schools,” he added.