Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for repeatedly using the office of the lieutenant governor of Delhi to put hurdles in the functioning of his elected government. Copying a dialogue from My Name is Khan, Kejriwal said, “I am the elected chief minister of Delhi and I am not a terrorist”.
The Guest Teachers’ Regularization Bill, which was subsequently passed by the house, with the intent to regularize the services of nearly 15,000 teachers who have been teaching in Delhi government schools on daily wages so far was the latest bone of contention between the Delhi government and the lieutenant General.
During the course of the discussion, Kejriwal attacked the Centre for blocking various legislative proposals of his government. His deputy, Manish Sisodia also quoted him as saying that “the country does not run through bureaucracy, it is run by democracy”.
The one-day special session of the Delhi assembly had been called to pass the Bill for regularising the services of the guest teachers. However, as in the past, the passage of this Bill too may faces hurdles as lieutenant governor Anil Baijal has already declared that it is not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance.
Sisodia had batted for giving the guest teachers a better deal, saying they had played a crucial role in reforming the education system. “If the guest teachers who are currently teaching in our schools were to be replaced with fresh candidates, DoE would suffer quite a setback to our education reform process and we would need to re-start the process from scratch,” he had said.