Amid raids on Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the matter of liquor excise policy, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Friday flaunted over a front-page story about Delhi’s education revolution in the New York Times. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has attacked ”vigyapan jeevi”of Aam Aadmi Party and said that the same article was published in the Khaleej Times.
The New York Times published a story on Delhi’s Education Model with the title “Clean Toilets, Inspired Teachers: How India’s Capital Is Fixing Its Schools” on August 16. Similarly, the same article was also published in the UAE-based newspaper Khaleej Times with the title “A Lesson for Political Parties: Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party Teaches How to Transform Schools in India” on August 19.
Both the articles were the same and had the same author. The BJP has claimed that the articles were an ‘advertisement’ by Arvind Kejriwal’s party. Meanwhile, AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj has said that the Khaleej Times article crediting the New York Times article to signal that there is nothing amiss.
BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana tweeted in Hindi, “Advertisements abroad. The New York Times that the news is referring to @ArvindKejriwal has also appeared on Khaleej Times. The photo, that language. What a wonderful advertisement @AamAadmiParty.”
BJP leader Kapil Mishra also said that the images published on foreign media are not of Delhi’s government school but of the children of Mother Mary School of Mayur Vihar. He said, “Kejriwal and Sisodia are selling lies in the country as well as abroad.”