Sisodia accepts UP minister's 'challenge' to debate on govt schools

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New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said he will visit Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh next week to debate on the progress made by the two respective governments in improving infrastructure provided in schools.

Sisodia's statement comes after Uttar Pradesh education minister Satish Dwivedi invited Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Sisodia to visit government schools in the state. Taking a swipe at the Uttar Pradesh government, Sisodia said the decision of the Aam Aadmi Party to contest the Uttar Pradesh polls in 2022 has made the state government to talk over issues of education and electricity.

Sisodia on Wednesday said he 'accepts the challenge' of the Uttar Pradesh minister for having an open debate on the education model of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said he will be visiting Lucknow next week to hold the debate.

'Soon after Chief Minister Kejriwal's announcement of contesting assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh in 2022, UP ministers invited us for a debate on education. I accept the challenge and will be visiting Lucknow next Tuesday to debate on Delhi and UP education models,' Sisodia said.

According to media reports, Dwivedi had asked them to visit the schools in Uttar Pradesh after Kejriwal drew comparisons between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh over the progress in educational facilities. He did so while announcing that the AAP will contest in the forthcoming assembly polls in India's most populous state in 2022.

'I also accept the invitation to see your work done in government schools of Uttar Pradesh. You can list 10 such schools, which the BJP government has improved in four years. Where results have improved, children have appeared in competitive examinations. I would like to see your work in these schools,' Sisodia added. Kejriwal, in a tweet, claimed that the 'tremendous' work done by his government in tackling COVID-19 in Delhi is being discussed in every lane of UP, tagging a news report to which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath criticised the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the AAP government and claimed that the UP government handled the pandemic better.

'Our tremendous work on COVID is being discussed in every lane of UP, we don't conduct fake COVID tests like you. Manish ji is anyway coming to Lucknow on December 22 to hold a debate,' he tweeted in Hindi.

Kejriwal also tagged a news report of alleged fake COVID-19 tests conducted by the Uttar Pradesh health department. PTI UZM KJ