The State School Education department has on July 24 issued orders in this regard , requiring all the 7,100 Junior Colleges in Maharashtra to organize such competitions.
The Devendra Fednavis govt. has ordered to conduct Public Speaking Contests among Junior Colleges just before Assembly Polls.
The State govt. has even set aside Rs 1.31 crore for the Competitions.
The best three speakers of each college will be participating in taluk level, district level and state level.
Although the department said that this is to enhance the leadership qualities and elocution skills among the youth, the opposition raised a red flag.
Since the Competition is held between August 1 to August 30 , the Congress had alleged that this had been planned keeping in mind the Election model Code of conduct. It has also accused the BJP of misusing the Official machinery for the Election Campaign. They are planning to get Governor's intervention in this. They expect him to take serious cognizance of the matter and issue directives to the govt. to withdraw its orders.
In response, the School Education Minister , Mr.Ashish Shelar commented that there is nothing political about it. The Competition aims to develop one's leadership qualities and elocution skills. We are not spreading any political ideology. The Congress itself is creating a political ruckus over the matter. Sorry, it is up to them and we can't help it.
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