Bhagwant Mann’s Delhi tour with Arvind Kejriwal criticized by Punjab opposition

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Bhagwant Mann (left) will visit schools and hospitals in Delhi with Arvind Kejriwal. (Case)

Chandīgarh:

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann came under attack from opposition parties on Monday for his visit to Delhi to survey the capital’s schools and hospitals, with Congress and the Akali Dal calling the visit a ‘political drama ” and “photoshoot”.

Congress leaders Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh Raja and Daljit Singh Cheema of the Akali Dal posted scathing messages on Twitter.

Amarinder Singh Raja wrote, “In the last month 14 farmers in Punjab have died by suicide under the AAP government. How many of these 14 farming families have you met @BhagwantMann sir? You go to Delhi again and again. I hope you are not trying to bring here Delhi’s failed #Corona fighting model? Will the government run away from Delhi like this for 5 years?

Mr Mann, accompanied by his senior officers, is expected to visit health institutes and schools in the nation’s capital on Monday to learn the “Delhi model” and replicate it in the state, an official said.

“It’s next-level education. Something that can’t be thought of by big schools has been put in place by public schools. Digital education is happening. There’s collaboration with big companies .I have seen such schools in America-Canada but not in India.” Mr. Mann said during his visit to one of the schools.

“I have spoken with several students here, and where did they study earlier. They left the big private schools to enroll here. They say they have more facilities here. These students have new ideas … It’s mind-blowing,” he added. .

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), before coming to power in Punjab, promised to improve the condition of state schools and hospitals in line with its work in Delhi.

“In a bid to revamp the existing health and education infrastructure across the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will embark on a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital’s leading health institutes and schools on Monday,” he said. said a spokesman for the chief minister’s office. on Sunday.

He will be joined by a battery of senior officers from the Departments of School Education, Health and Family Welfare, to provide input in the two crucial areas directly attributable to human development, the spokesperson said.

A statement issued by the Delhi government said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Mr Mann would visit Mohalla government schools, hospitals and clinics, with their teams, to understand how the “Delhi model” can be adapted to the Punjab.

“Kejriwal will be personally present to brief the Chief Minister of Punjab on how Delhi’s transformation has unfolded under his leadership. He will be accompanied by relevant Delhi ministers and officials,” the statement said.

Along with visits to schools, clinics and a hospital, the Punjab Chief Minister and his Delhi counterpart will jointly inaugurate a new swimming pool in one of the schools.

The Punjab government is also likely to sign a few MoUs with the Delhi government, the spokesperson added.

The AAP-led government in Punjab had previously come under fire from the opposition after Mr Kejriwal held a meeting with senior Punjab officers.

While Mr Mann said he had sent the officers to the capital for “training”, opposition parties had accused his government of being run by “remote control” from Delhi.

“If necessary, for training purposes, I will send my officers to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and even Israel. Why should anyone oppose this. They (the government of Delhi) are specialists in education, power, health. Why shouldn’t I send the officers?” Bhagwant Mann then told reporters.

Earlier this month, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, MP Stalin visited Mohalla schools and clinics under the Kejriwal government in Delhi.

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