Delhi looks more like a municipality, no comparison with Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday there could be no comparison between the northeastern state and Delhi, with the nation’s capital looking more like a “municipal corporation”. He asked his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal, to come to Assam and see the government-run education and health units for himself, while saying he would also visit similar facilities in Delhi during of his frequent trips there.

Sarma was reacting to claims by Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders that Delhi has better educational and health facilities than Assam.

“Delhi is a state in name only. It is more of a municipal enterprise,” the senior BJP official said.

He argued that if Assam is to be compared with other states, it should be done with places like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh or Punjab.

“I have seen their ‘mohallah clinics’. But after seeing the facilities of our Gauhati University and Medical Hospital, what is there to see in these clinics?” Sarma said.

The Chief Minister was speaking to reporters after reviewing the progress of work on a ‘Swahid Smarak and Park’ here.

In the education sector, he maintained that Delhi has about 1,200 schools with 6,000-7,000 teachers while there are 60,000-70,000 government schools, employing nearly 2.5 lakh teachers in Assam .

“If we only had 1,200 schools, I would have visited the institutions every day… Fish would have been served every day for breakfast, meat for lunch and pulao for dinner,” said Sarma said.

On Kejriwal asking him to travel to Delhi to see the health and education facilities, Sarma said: “I visit Delhi frequently, he doesn’t need to tweet asking me to go.

“Since he wishes, I will visit the clinics and schools there during one of my visits. He can also come here and see our facilities.”

The two CMs had argued on the microblogging site on Thursday, with Kejriwal criticizing the Assam government for closing schools when there was a need to open more schools across the country.

Sarma had countered by saying that the government had provincialized or taken private schools back into government hands since 2013 and created new ones.

On Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) criticism of the state government’s decision to teach math and science in English from grade 3, Sarma said the organization has a democratic right to protest against any government decision as long as the opposition is not violent. .

ABVP is the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

“We (BJP) have some similarities with ABVP, like our undying love for Bharat Mata, but we also have differences,” Sarma added.

Melissa C. Keyes