TEACHERS OR Samajwadi Party activists? For once, it was hard to distinguish between the two.
The occasion was Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s birthday on Wednesday. Besides singing paeans to the CM, teachers of senior basic schools of the state raised hands and vowed to vote for the SP in the next assembly elections. So far, so good. But when the CM promised to fulfill their other demands if his party returned to power, the teachers gave it in writing to campaign for the SP.
Teachers belonging to the Sangh started arriving in herds since early morning at the Queens College ground to wish Yadav and also thank him for bringing 1000 junior high schools in the fold of aided-schools. Welcoming the CM, one of the teachers went on to describe him as devta (god) and themselves as sons and daughters of goddess Saraswati. And Yadav looked more than happy.
All through the function, teachers repeatedly raised slogans like Humko samman kisne diya, Mulayam Singh Mulayam Singh (Who gave us respect, Mulayam Singh) and humko rozi roti kisne diya, Mulayam Singh Mulayam Singh (who gave us employment, Mulayam Singh). Not satisfied with their leader just being a CM, “enthusiastic” teachers went on to say they wanted to see Yadav as the PM of the country.
Durg Vijay Singh, president of the Sangh, urged the teachers present (over 4000) to vote for the SP. Thrice teachers raised hands and vowed to do the needful.
“Overwhelmed” by the teachers’ response, Yadav too promised to bring another 1000 schools in the fold of aided list after the assembly elections. “Me and my party are committed to the well-being of teachers and there is nothing that can stop me from doing something good for you. I myself was a teacher and can easily relate to your problems,” he said.
Taking a dig at the Congress and the BJP for needlessly criticising the law and order situation in the State, Yadav challenged them to conduct an independent inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the law and order situation in UP, Delhi and Mumbai. “I am sure UP would be the best,” he said. Yadav also flayed those criticising him for distributing Kanya Vidya Dhan and unemployment allowance.
Basic Education Minister Kiran Pal Singh also praised Yadav for promoting girl child education and midday meal scheme in the State.