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Congress raps fiat

New Delhi, Sept. 1: The Congress has strongly objected to the government’s diktat to schools to keep back students to listen to the Prime Minister’s speech on Teachers’ Day.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said: “This is the first time a Prime Minister is doing this through a diktat. We want to know what will a Class I student understand of the PM’s speech? The CBSE has issued directions for this strange idea. This raises several questions, and the motive is suspect.”

“The young, impressionable minds should not be subjected to political propaganda. With such a diktat, there is a constitutional issue also,” he added.

Singhvi neither confirmed nor denied whether Congress-ruled states would defy the order.

Some Congress leaders claimed this was the classical way of personality building in a fascist culture and that what the BJP was doing was “deification of Modi”.