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Maha zilla parishad schools asked to screen film on Modi, Oppn slams move

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The zilla parishad schools in have been asked to screen a short film on next week, drawing criticism from the opposition, which has accused the ruling BJP of misusing

A said the ZP schools were asked to screen a short film -- "Chalo Jeete Hai" -- on September 18 as it had a "social message" and would inspire students.

He added that the expenses towards the screening of the film would be borne by an NGO and not the government.

Sources in the education department said the chief minister's office had issued an instruction to this effect, but they did not clarify if there was a written order.

The 32-minute film, directed by Mangesh Hadawale and presented by Aanand L Rai and Mahaveer Jain, is based on the early life of Modi and shows how he got inspired by Swami Vivekananda and the empathy he exhibited towards the poor while growing up in Vadnagar in

"The film has a social message and will inspire the students," the said.

According to sources, the ZP schools have been asked to make available a laptop or desktop with a minimum of one MBPS internet speed, a projector, a screen and a sound system for the screening of the film.

Opposition and the Party (NCP) have slammed the BJP-led dispensation over the move.

State took a dig at the government, saying, "Why just a short film, have a curriculum on Modi and also give students a degree on Modi. He can make untruths look like truth. Keeping silence on important issues and speaking on other aspects is a subject of PhD."

said asking the schools to screen the short film on Modi showed that the popularity of the was sinking.

"The government order is wrong as it is a misuse of the The BJP is using schools for its election campaign. We appeal to the schools to oppose such illegal orders. Raise your voice and protest against this order," he said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:40 IST