GANDHINAGAR: A recent Gujarat government led school enrollment drive’Shala Pravesh Utsav’ tossed a surprise at officials after many of the 12,000 bags that were distributed to school children carried former Uttar Pradesh chief ministerAkhilesh Yadav’s image. It also carried a punch line ‘Khub Padhao, Khub Badhao’. The incident took place during an enrollment drive in the tribal village of Sankheda conducted by Chotta Udepur Zilla panchayat officials.
A local official claimed that the bags were supplied by a firm in Surat called Chotala. “We had supplied the Surat firm with Gujarat’s education department stickers to be stuck on the bags. But we found images of Akhilesh Yadav and the UP government slogan beneath them. Just five per cent of the 12,000 bags carry Akhilesh Yadav pictures,” claims a senior the education department official. The official also claimed that the Surat firm may have been supplying similar bags to UP government earlier.