Hundreds of Congress workers led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary Mandeep Singh Manna on Tuesday staged a protest at Bhandari Bridge, condemning Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to Chief Khalsa Diwan’s high profile event in the city.
During the protest that lasted for over three hours, Congress workers raised slogans against the state government for failing to resolve the fee-hike issue in private schools. Addressing the protesters, Manna said he was “shocked” to see that like Akali leaders, even Jaitley, instead of pacifying the parents and resolving the fee-hike issue, is backing Chief Khalsa Diwan schools, which are part of the “private school gangs... looting the parents”.
Manna said Jaitley should have instead visited government schools to know the reality of educational infrastructure in the state, which is in a “dilapidated” condition. The Congress leader said it is high time people stood up to revolt against the politicians supporting the “loot” at the hands of private schools.
“The Akali-BJP combine has failed to give justice to parents who have protested for months. Its leaders are now attending events at these schools as chief guests, which makes it evident they are hardly concerned about the common man,” said Manna.
The PPCC secretary alleged it is because of SAD-BJP leaders that principals and managements of various private schools are running their institutes as business establishments. “These schools are busy fleecing parents and the government has turned a blind eye to them,” said the Congress leader. Parents had staged many protests outside schools run by the Chief Khalsa Diwan Charitable Society during the fee-hike protests in the city.