MOHALI (CHANDIGARH): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday joined a teachers’ protest at Mohali and promised them that their jobs will be regularised if the Aam Aadmi Party makes government in Punjab next year.
The contractual teachers are protesting for the past 165 days, demanding for the regularisation of their services.
Give your younger brother a chance, and if I fail, you can show me the door
He further said that the Aam Aadmi Party will improve the standard of education in Punjab.
Arvind Kejriwal was accompanied by AAP Punjab chief Bhagwant Mann at the protest.
Mann, the AAP Sangrur MP, said: “Teachers are the builders of the nation. It is unfortunate that they have to sit on protest for their demands. I am the son of a teacher so I can understand your pain. The Aam Aadmi Party is with you.”
The contractual teachers want their services regularised as some of them have been working on contract since 2003.
With an eye on the assembly elections in Punjab early next year, Kejriwal had recently launched Mission Punjab. He will be visiting various places in Punjab over the next month and announce the party’s programmes for the state and its people.
"दुख की बात है, हम Delhi के Teachers को Training के लिए England, Sweden भेजते हैं,
और Congress सरकार Water Tank के ऊपर भेज रही है! आप नीचे उतर आइए, आपको मरने नहीं देंगे!"
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 27, 2021
Addressing a press conference in Punjab during his last visit, Kejriwal had said: “We will improve Punjab government schools just like we have improved Delhi government schools; and only AAP know how to do it, no other party does. I guarantee to resolve multiple issues of teachers on an emergency basis.”
He also announced an eight-point poll plank to transform the education sector in the state, including regularising the services of contractual teachers. He had also promised to implement a transfer policy for teachers and assured them cashless medical treatment facilities if the party comes to power.
Recently, Aam Aadmi Party had also faced setback, after their two MLAs– Rupinder Kaur Ruby from Bathinda Rural and Jagtar Singh Jagga from Raikot assembly segment jumped the ship and joined Congress.
In the 2017 Punjab assembly polls, the Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. The Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party, winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats, while the BJP secured three seats.