As the Punjab Assembly elections draw near, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised an eight-point poll plank to transform the education sector in the state, including regularisation of the services of contract teachers.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday joined a dharna against the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Teachers in Punjab have put forth several demands including the regularisation of the services of contractual teachers and protests continue in Mohali. Visuals shared online by the Aam Aadmi Party show the politician joining the agitators and addressing the gathering.
This is Kejriwal’s second visit to Punjab in less than a week. As the Assembly elections draw near, the AAP leader had launched ‘Mission Punjab’ on November 22. Over the next month, Kejriwal will visit many parts of the state and announce the party’s programs for the state and its people. He has already announced an eight-point poll plank to transform the education sector in the state, including regularisation of the services of contract teachers.
Drawing a parallel with schools in Delhi, Kejriwal had ‘guaranteed’ during his last visit that the AAP would ‘resolve multiple issues of teachers on an emergency basis’ if elected to power. He has also promised them cashless medical treatment facilities and the implementation of a transfer policy for teachers.
Unemployed teachers have been protesting atop a water tank for quite some time now to demand jobs. As per updates shared by the party, Kejriwal requested the teachers seated atop the overhead tank to come down, assuring that the AAP would soon form a government in Punjab and “solve all their problems”.
The AAP leader also inaugurated a new party office in Mohali today.
The Congress had won an absolute majority in the 2017 polls, with the AAP emerging as the second-largest party with 20 seats in the 117-member Assembly. Punjab will be holding elections in February or March next year.