We aren’t here in lust for power; I am perhaps the first CM to have to resign from his seat in just 49 days. If we could fix Delhi’s schools in just 5 years, what stopped Congress for 30 years and BJP for 20 years in Himachal?, said Kejriwal.
Shimla: Taking a cue from the party’s successful campaigns of Punjab and Delhi, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal kicked off a series of his ‘town-hall’ events in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. The first town-hall was marked by AAP’s ‘shiksha samvad’ in Hamirpur with the parents and teachers where Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann held discussions with the locals over education.
Kejriwal said, “Your child’s future is in your hands; vote for AAP in Himachal and transform the future of your children just like Delhi. Congress ruled Himachal for 30 years, BJP for 20 years; both of them together destroyed the education system and left a state of doom. This is your chance to save your child’s future from being ruined; you must vote for an honest government. The people of Himachal did not have an option till yet but now they do; come out and save your future. AAP changed the life of 16 lac government school students in Delhi; if you give us one chance we’ll change the life of 8.5 lakh students of Himachal too.”
“We aren’t here in lust for power; I am perhaps the first CM to have to resign from his seat in just 49 days. If we could fix Delhi’s schools in just 5 years, what stopped Congress for 30 years and BJP for 20 years in Himachal? I challenge all political parties out there — if you have the courage, come out and ask for votes in the name of education & employment.” At the same time, Punjab CM Sardar Bhagwant Mann said, “Delhi’s revolution wooed Punjab to AAP’s favour; now the transformation of Delhi & Punjab will spread its wings all over India. The British enslaved us for 200 years all at once, and then the BJP and Congress enslaved us in 5-5 year instalments,” he said.
Kejriwal said, “I want to have an interaction on the issue of education. Neither the BJP nor the Congress have ever raised this issue during an election campaign in India or Himachal Pradesh. They never dared to win a vote on education. They never cared about providing quality education to your children, so it was never a priority for them during elections. Most of those gathered here have children who attend school, but it is disheartening to note that the vast majority of them attend private schools, with only a few attending public schools. This depicts the state of education in Himachal Pradesh.”
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said, “The people of Himachal Pradesh are also eager to see the remarkable progress made in Delhi and Punjab replicated in their state. The Delhi model has influenced and inspired development in Punjab, and the impact will soon be felt throughout the country. As you may have read in the newspaper, the people of Punjab eagerly await welfare announcements twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. We are 75 years behind where we ought to be. First, the British enslaved us for 200 years all at once, and then the BJP and Congress enslaved us in 5-5 year instalments. That’s the only difference between both regimes.”