Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has landed herself in a new controversy because of her perceived insensitive statement for economically weaker section of people living in her constituency.
On Saturday, members of CA Association and and Indore Parents Association met Mahajan to complain about the rising fees in private schools.
But, instead of being sympathetic to the hapless parents’ concern, the Indore MP snapped saying that if they couldn’t afford the fees for private schools, they were free to send their children to government schools.
Mahajan’s statement has left the parents quite disappointed. One KK Pandey told Jansatta, “We had prepared a draft with suggestions for new fee structure. Our demand was to devise the fees according to that suggestion. We told her that we needed her intervention to eradicate this disease. To which she snapped asking us not to call this a disease. She said that ‘if this looks disease to you, then feel free to send your children to government schools.'”
In January, Mahajan had kicked up a row by asking for a review of reservation for weaker sections. Though she later clarified that her remark was not a verdict for or against reservations.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati, had slammed Mahajan and said that the true meaning of a ‘review’ of reservations by the RSS was to bring an end to it.