NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had to cut short his speech at Chhatrasal Stadium on Wednesday as the guest teachers whom he was addressing started leaving the venue. While the meet was supposed to be about celebrating AAP’s decision to hike the salaries of teachers, it soon turned into a ruckus.
Not only did the agitated teachers walk off from the public meeting, they also blocked the road in front of gate number 3 of the stadium for nearly an hour. Police had to use water cannons to disperse the protesters.
Kejriwal started his speech by lauding deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, amid loud cheers from the teachers. However, the meeting started going downhill after the CM claimed that due to the efforts of the guest teachers people were withdrawing their children from private institutions and admitting them to government schools.
The CM gave the examples of lower salaries in states like Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Though he was interrupted by the teachers shouting “Punjab”, Kejriwal continued his speech giving details about the amount of hikes given by his government.
When the teachers started shouting, “Kab se milenge? (From when will we get the money)” the CM said, “We have been working on equal work and equal pay for the past two years. Today I can make this announcement because we had to fight a lot within the system. We wanted to announce this before Diwali. The system returned the file with four objections. Now the proposal has been passed by the cabinet and has been sent to the LG. Keep the faith, it will be approved. Else we will fight for it. I am confident the LG will approve it and, if needed, I will also meet him.”
Unconvinced by his replies, the teachers started walking out of the stadium. They blocked the road and shouted slogans before the police dispersed them.