Nationalist Congress Party MP and daughter of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule, on Saturday, at a party-organised education seminar for teachers took pot shots at the Congress over the Best-Five mess.
Speaking to the gathering in Kalyan, over ‘Right to Education’, Sule said that for the last one year the government did not have an education minister.
She said she would request home minister R. R. Patil, also chief guest at the function to do something about it.
Congress had come under criticism from the opposition as well as its coalition partner, NCP, after the Best Five scheme was cancelled by the high court, for not giving an independent minister for the school education department. State agriculture minister, Balasaheb Thorat has additional charge of the school education department.
While NCP had slammed Thorat at the cabinet meet, senior leaders had refrained from making this irritation public.
Sources said that Sule, who runs two schools in the city, and has interest in the field of education had been irked by the state government’s handling of the junior college admissions for the last three years. The state has been trying different schemes for the last three years to bring SSC students on par with other boards.
After the seminar, Patil came to the rescue of Sule over the issue of her citizenship. Sule was asked to comment on the petition and allegations of dual citizenship leveled against her by Mrunalini Kakade. Sule refused to comment.
However, Patil after hearing this question said he would reply to it.
“There is no doubt about the citizenship of the Supriya Sule and we will produced sufficient evidence to the court on this.”