An all-out war of words erupted today between Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP, which accused the Delhi Chief Minister of lying on his claims of an "education revolution" in the capital. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted a video of a group of BJP MPs "exposing" the claims by investigating various schools run by the AAP government. In response, the AAP leaders posted videos and photos that they said proved that some of the school photos were faked.
The hashtags #KejriwalvsEntireBJP and #KejriwalExposed trended for many hours.
Sharing a four-minute video on Twitter, the Home Minister wrote, "Arvind Kejriwal ji, you had called me to visit the schools run by the Delhi government. Yesterday, eight MPs of Delhi had toured different schools and showed the conditions. The ground situation has exposed the claims of 'revolution in education'. Now you have to give an answer to the public of Delhi."
The video shows eight BJP parliamentarians - Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel, Parvesh Sahib Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Gautam Gambhir, Hansraj Hans, Manoj Tiwari and Ramesh Bidhuri - touring some government-run schools and highlighting the lack of teachers, water and toilet facilities.
अरविंद केजरीवाल जी आपने मुझे दिल्ली सरकार द्वारा संचालित स्कूल देखने के लिए बुलाया था। कल दिल्ली भाजपा के आठों सांसद अलग-अलग स्कूल में गए और देखिए इनका क्या हाल है...— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 28, 2020
इनकी बदहाली ने आपकी ‘शिक्षा की क्रांति' के दावों की पोल खोल दी।
अब आपको दिल्ली की जनता को जवाब देना होगा... pic.twitter.com/gjzgaix2rA
In response to the video, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia called the BJP report "fraud". They said many of the clips were taken at half-constructed school buildings to mislead voters.
"Your MPs' report is false. You misled people by taking videos of shut schools. Delhi's education revolution happened because of the hard work of 16 lakh children, their parents and 65,000 teachers. You are insulting their effort. Why do you hate the people of Delhi so much," Mr Kejriwal tweeted.
Showing the video of the same schools where the MPs visited, the two said the BJP MPs are hiding the complete picture.
They accused MP Gautam Gambhir of showing a building that has been closed for renovation since October. "Gautam Gambhir showed a school where renovation is going on. Maybe he was busy eating jalebis that he could not see the notice on the main gate," Mr Sisodia remarked. He also tweeted the picture of the notice.
'सच' आपके विडियो में ही बिल्डिंग के गेट पर चिपका हुआ है. इसमें लिखा है कि ये स्कूल 9 अक्टूबर 2019 से दूसरी बिल्डिंग में शिफ़्ट हो गया है.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) January 28, 2020
यह बिल्डिंग गिराई जा रही है और यहाँ नई बिल्डिंग बनेगी. आप गए थे तो गेट पर ये नोटिस तो पढ़ लिया होता सांसद महोदय. @GautamGambhirhttps://t.co/1320S723fPpic.twitter.com/fqCT5EA847
Parvesh Verma, the AAP leaders alleged, showed the old school building ensuring the new building was not visible.
"You hate Kejriwal and Sisodia. Do not insult our teachers, their students. Do not hate so much the city and its people," Mr Kejriwal said.
The Chief Minister said he was "glad" that Delhi has more than 1,000 schools yet Mr Shah and his MPs found only eight schools with problems.
Mr Sisodia also tweeted "real" pictures of the school where MP Hans Raj Hans went.
"The MP went inside the common activity room and claimed there were no desks. He forgot that it was a multi-purpose hall where students perform yoga or dance and so the room has only carpet or desk," Mr Sisodia said. He also blamed the MP of entering the hall with his shoes on and spoiling the floor.
सांसद महोदय आप शाम को 7.30 बजे गए थे. शायद समय ही ऐसा था. आपको स्कूल का प्राइमरी क्लास का multi-purpose hall दिखाई नही दिया. आप अपने कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ जूते पहनकर एक क्लासरूम के फ़र्श को ख़राब करके आए हो.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) January 28, 2020
बाहर से स्कूल भी नही दिखाई दिया होगा. मैं दिखा देता हूँ... https://t.co/bxa9YsrJ82pic.twitter.com/81yuPrtJ75
Voting for Delhi assembly election will take place on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11.
In the 2015 assembly polls, AAP created history by scoring a landslide victory and winning 67 of a total of 70 seats in the national capital.