CM's R-Day speech hit among kids

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s speech at the state-level function of 67th Republic Day seemed to be a hit among scores of students who had come there to watch and participate in the cultural programme.

The stadium was packed with students from government schools across Delhi who looked impressed with Kejriwal’s focus on education and health in his speech.

The students clapped on several occasions when Kejriwal narrated the achievements of his party and how Centre has been creating hurdles in its working.


“The best thing about his speech was the stress on education. We like when politicians talk about how important it is and what they are doing,” said Komal, a class 9 student from Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalya (SKV) in Mongolpuri.

Dressed in a green sweater and black pant, with his signature muffler, the Chief Minister spoke for thirty minutes during the function. While for the most part of it, he took digs at the Centre, he also listed education and health as his government’s top priorities since its formation days.

“If even so many years after independence, we cannot provide good education to our students, then it’s a shame on any government. We had allocated Rs 10,000 crore to education department in the budget and it is working day and night to improve the standards of schools under us,” Kejriwal said.

“Two-three years from now, the condition of government schools will be such that people will prefer them over private schools for their kids,” he added.

“We loved his speech. He spoke about corruption in private schools through management quota. We believe whatever he said and we know that his government is working hard,” said Mohini and Rinki from SKV in Azadpur Colony. 

Another student, Nikita, said, “I believe whatever he said about the central government could be true”.

Even the chief minister’s reiteration of free medicines and increasing their stock from February 1 in all Delhi government hospitals hit the right chords.

“When we go to the hospital, we do not find a number of medicines. I am glad by this announcement,” said Rohan, a student of class 10.
Kejriwal on Monday listed various points of the development model of Delhi adopted by his government.

These include ‘investing in people’, ‘taking the public along and letting them make decisions’, and working with ‘good intentions’.

“Delhi government had lot of money before also to invest in projects, but, it is for the first time, a government with good intentions has come. So this money will be used efficiently,” he said.

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