Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has upped the ante against the Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari for ‘making false allegations against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.’ Supporters of the ruling party in the national capital were seen holding placards asking Tiwari to 'apologise to children' and 'stop politicising the education of children'.
The AAP staged the protest outside his residence after he alleged that there was large scale corruption in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools. Protestors were later detained by the police and taken to the Mandir Marg police station.
Reacting to the protest, Tiwari said those who "looted" Rs 2,000 crore are raising slogans and protesting against me. "Instead of replying to the scam in construction of classrooms, they are resorting to counter allegation," he added.
The BJP MP from North East Delhi had on Monday claimed that there is a "scam" of Rs 2,000 crore in the construction of classrooms for Delhi government schools, an allegation rejected by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who dared Tiwari to arrest him if such irregularities exist.
Citing an RTI reply, the BJP chief claimed that the AAP government constructed 12,782 classrooms at a cost of Rs 2,892 crore and this could have been done by spending just Rs 800 crore.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is in-charge of the education department, had hit back and said that the BJP was making "unfounded allegations" of corruption against the AAP government.
Sisodia had also said that he is committed to creating state-of-the-art infrastructure in government schools and will not step back even if he is sent to jail.