Manish Sisodia writes letter from jail; says India needs an educated Prime Minister for the progress of the country.
Manish Sisodia, former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi who is currently in jail, has written a letter from his prison cell to the nation in regards to the ongoing controversy surrounding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational degrees.
In his letter, which was posted on Twitter by Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia alleged that “Modi being less educated is dangerous for the country.”
He further remarked that "Modi ji does not understand science" and "does not understand the importance of education.
In his letter, Sisodia, the former Education Minister of Delhi, further claimed that 60,000 schools have been closed in the last few years.
The letter starts with Sisodia stating that we live in the era of the 21st century.
He says, every day science and technology is progressing and the world is talking about Artificial Intelligence.
In this context, Sisodia says his heart sinks when he hears the Prime Minister saying that one can make tea or food from dirty gas by inserting a pipe in a dirty drain.
"Can food be cooked from the dirty gas of a drain? No. When the PM says that radar can't detect an aircraft flying behind clouds, he becomes a subject of mockery in the entire world. School and college students mock him," writes Sisodia.
Sisodia says this sort of statement by the PM is extremely dangerous for the nation.
He says, by this, the World figures out that the PM of India is less educated and that he doesn't understand science.
Sisodia said, when the head of other countries hug the PM, they extract a high cost for every hug and in return, makes him sign in many papers, which the PM doesn't understand because he is less educated.
He further writes about the youth of the country stating, "Today's youths is aspirational, they want to achieve something, and they are looking for opportunities. They want to win over the world. They want to do wonders in science and technology. Does a less educated PM have the capacity to fulfil the aspiration of today's youth?"
Manish Sisodia then talks about the government schools that have been shut down in the last few years.
He alleges that 60,000 schools have been shit down in the last few years.
He said, since the population of the country is increasing, government schools should have also increased and that if the govt. schools were good enough then people would have opted for government schools over private ones.
In this regard, he cites example of Delhi government schools.
Sisodia further writes that this shows that education is not the priority of the government. "How will the country progress if we do not provide a good education to our children?"
Sisodia then recalls a video of the PM where he stated that he is not educated, to which, Sisodia said even for the posts of managers in a company, well-educated persons are required. "Should the manager of the country not be educated?"
The CBI had on February 26 arrested Manish Sisodia in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 on February 26, following several rounds of interrogation.
On March 31, a trial court dismissed Sisodia's bail application, saying he was "prima facie the architect" and played the "most important and vital role" in the criminal conspiracy relating to the alleged payment of advance kickbacks of Rs 90-100 crore meant for him and his colleagues in the Delhi government.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was earlier fined an amount of Rs 25,000 by the Gujarat High Court for seeking information on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational qualification under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
(With inputs from NDTV)
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