Lucknow: With Congress youth scion Rahul Gandhi challenging Chief Minister Mayawati on her home turf, the Uttar Pradesh government has come up with novel concept to propagate its achievement under the ‘dynamic’ leadership of ‘Behenji’.

The new ‘firman’ issued by the state government mentions that all secondary schools of the state irrespective whether government or private will have to set up hoarding carrying the picture of Mayawati and the details of the significant contribution made by her in the field of education.

The Education Directorate has sent a letter in this regard to all District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) in the state. There are around 17, 000 government and private secondary schools in the state. And the concerned DIOS have been instructed to ensure that the hoardings were erected at the earliest.

On the other end, Principals of government institutions are in a piquant position as they do not have the required fund to set up the hoarding within the school premises.

An expense of around Rs 5,000 is required to set up the hoarding. Verbal instructions have been passed by the Education Department authorities to use the money allotted under development fund for the project.

However, this decision is already drawing flak from all quarters.

Member of Legislative Council Om Prakash Sharma said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) wants to turn schools into party offices. “This is a wrong tradition and politicisation of schools is unethical. Government schools cannot become mouth piece of the government or any political party,” he said.

JPN/Bureau