April 21, 2024 5:13 pm

Delhi LG clears Manish Sisodia’s visit to US, spotlights a ‘contradiction’

NEW DELHI: Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena has approved deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s visit to the United States to attend an education convention in March, a senior Raj Niwas official said on Friday, underlining that Saxena signed off on the visit despite “contradictory statements” on the foreign trip’s funding.

LG has agreed in principle for the proposed visit, but it will be subject to requisite clearances and completion of other formalities,” a senior Raj Niwas official said on the proposal seeking the LG’s approval for Sisodia’s visit to the education convention in Portland city of Oregon along with his secretary and the education secretary.

According to the proposal, Sisodia was scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the TESOL Education Convention on 23 March in Portland where he is expected to speak about “restoring faith in the government school system”. The convention will be held between 21 and 24 March.

There was no immediate response to the development from Sisodia or the Delhi government.

The approval comes against the backdrop of a bitter battle between Raj Niwas and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi over Manish Sisodia’s proposal to send a group of government school teachers to Finland for training. Sisodia sent the file again to Saxena’s office this week and asked him not to indulge in politics over such an “important and sensitive” issue.

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