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BJP govt in Guj distributes school bags with Akhilesh's photo!

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

may have lost power in Uttar Pradesh, but he can claim that he is ruling the roost in BJP-ruled Gujarat's Chhota Udepur.

For, some 12,000 school bags distributed in government-run primary schools in this tribal-dominated district bear the picture of the leader.

The state education department has ordered an inquiry into how these bags ended up in

The school bags came with stickers of school enrolment drive of However, beneath these stickers is a picture of a smiling

The bags were distributed to students under the state government's 'Shala Praveshotsav' programme, an annual drive to enrol students in class 1.

That they have Akhilesh's picture was first discovered by teachers at a school in Vasedi village when the stickers reading 'Jilla Shala Praveshotsav" came off.

District had procured 12,000 of these bags through an e-tender from a Surat-based company, said the district primary education officer Mahesh Prajapati.

Minister of state for education Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said an inquiry will be conducted and "action will be taken" against those responsible for this goof-up.

The bags were apparently manufactured for distribution in when the was in power.

Opposition Congress took this opportunity to take a swipe at the

"Instead of providing teachers, the is distributing recycled bags of a former UP government by carrying out this drama of Shala Praveshotsav. It shows how serious the government is towards education," Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 16:32 IST