New Delhi, (UNI): Eyeing polls in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 12,430 classrooms in Delhi during a launch event here on Saturday.
The classrooms have been built in 240 Delhi Government-run schools and equipped with high-end teaching gears like projectors and smartboards as well, Kejriwal said.
The launch event was organised a day before Punjab goes to assembly election on Sunday and the AAP is heavily campaigning in the state showcasing its Delhi model of governance to win votes.
Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain were also present at the event.
Speaking at the launch event, Kejriwal said that his government is revolutionising the education sector which has resulted in 3.7 lakh students choosing public schools over private ones.
“3.7 lakh students switched from private schools to Delhi Government-run schools because of phenomenal improvement in public schooling in the national capital,” he said.
Kejriwal also said that these newly inaugurated classrooms were built in a record time of three years, which is equivalent to 250 schools. He also claimed that his government has built 20,000 classrooms which all the state governments and the Centre could not achieve together.
“The Delhi government has built a total of 20,000 classrooms in the last seven years. All the state governments and the Union government combined could not set up 20,000 classrooms in this period,” he claimed.
The AAP chief also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress and said that it made him laugh when many big leaders from the parties called him a terrorist.
“For the past few days, many big political leaders are calling me a terrorist, which made me laugh. I want to tell them that the person who they are calling a terrorist is fulfilling the dreams of Bhagat Singh and Baba Saheb Ambedkar. That person (himself) is making rich and poor children sit on the same desk and receive quality education without any discrimination. I dedicate these 12,430 classrooms to the nation,” he said.
“Bhagat Singh gave the slogan of ‘Inqilab Zindabad’. Today, I would add Shiksha Kranti Zindabad to the famous slogan,” Kejriwal added.