Congress National Spokesperson Khushbu Sundar has welcomed the Centre's new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and apologised to party leader Rahul Gandhi for her differing stand from that of the party.
With the actor-politician insisting she "rather speak the fact than be a head nodding robot or a puppet, "Congress" state unit hit out at her for airing her views in the open, saying it was "indiscipline" and that the grand old party was ready to discuss "any controversial" matters in its forums.
As speculation mounted that the actor could quit Congress and join its arch rival BJP following her welcoming NEP 2020, Ms Sundar clarified "I am not moving to" the party.
"NewEducationPolicy2020 A welcome move," she said on Twitter on Thursday along with a "thumbs up" image, much to the surprise of many of her followers who are used to her critical comments against the ruling NDA on various issues.
"My stand on #NEP2020 differs from my party n I apologise to @RahulGandhi ji for that, but I rather speak the fact than be a head nodding robot or a puppet. Everything is n cannot be about agreeing to ur leader, but about being courageous to voice ur opinion bravely as a citizen," she said in another tweet.
With her welcoming the NEP 2020, speculations were abuzz of her possibly joining the BJP, which she dismissed outright.
"I am not moving to BJP. My opinion might be different from my party, but I am an individual with a thinking mind of my own. Yes, #NEP2020 is flayed n flawed at some places, but I still feel we can look at the change with a positivity," she said.
The Centre's NEP 2020 announced on Wednesday has sweeping reforms like teaching in the mother tongue or regional language up to class 5, lowering the stakes of board exams, allowing foreign universities to set up campuses in India and a single regulator for higher education institutions, except for law and medical colleges.
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had welcomed it, but feared it may make education unaffordable for the poor as it showcases a tendency towards "centralisation, high aspiration and low feasibility" with an assumption that the challenge will be met by the private sector.