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‘Kids of officers, labourers will sit on same desk,’ says Kejriwal about new ‘smart’ classrooms 

Delhi government Saturday inaugurated 12,430 new classrooms for 240 government schools across the capital. Kejriwal uses occasion to answer ‘terrorist’ jibe.

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New Delhi: Children of officers, judges, rickshaw pullers and labourers would all sit on the same desks and study, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday at the inauguration of 12,430 new classrooms for schools across the capital.

The new classrooms are being added across 240 government schools, education minister Manish Sisodia informed. 

The new classrooms that have been added across schools will have designer desks and ‘smart’ features. The school buildings will also have libraries and multipurpose halls for conducting events.

The inauguration event was held Saturday morning at Rajkiya Kanya Vidyalaya in Rajokri, Delhi, where Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and health minister Satyendra Jain, among others, were present. 

The Delhi chief minister used the platform to hit back at his political opponents, who have called him a “terrorist”

Later, he also took to Twitter, saying that “corrupt people” called him a terrorist. Referring to the new classrooms, he said, “The terrorist is fulfilling the dreams of Baba saheb and Bhagat Singh.” 

BJP leader Parvesh Verma had in the past, too, called Kejriwal a “terrorist”, prompting a reply from the CM. 

Recently, at an election rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also launched a similar attack on Kejriwal. During a rally in Punjab’s Barnala, Gandhi said, “Whatever happens, a leader of Congress will never be seen at the house of a terrorist. The biggest leader of the jhaadu (a broom, the election symbol of the AAP) can be found at the home of a terrorist. That’s the truth.” 

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‘Can loan Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain’

With the inauguration of 12,430 new smart classrooms, the tally of new classrooms built by the Kejriwal government has gone up to 20,000. 

Addressing the inauguration event, the CM said, “In the last seven years, the Delhi government has constructed 20,000 classrooms…this is the maximum in the country. No other state government has been able to achieve this feat.” 

Praising Sisodia and Satyendra Jain for the work they have done in the fields of education and health, Kejriwal said, “The country has anyway lost many years without a good public education system…. I am making an offer today, if any state government wants to improve their education system, we can loan Manish Sisodia to them for a few days.” 

“Similarly, the health system has also improved in Delhi, if any state wants to improve their health system they can loan Satyendra Jain for a few days….,” he added. 

(Edited by Saikat Niyogi)

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