‘Dirty politics’: AAP after centre rejects Manish Sisodia’s Austria trip

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday alleged the Centre has “denied” him permission to visit Austria, where, the AAP leader said, he wanted to share the “Happiness Curriculum” with the world.

The matter first came to light when Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, tweeted earlier on Friday that the centre was hell-bent on not letting the Delhi government showcase its achievements on the global stage. “Modiji does not want me to spread my message of Delhi schools’ khushi ki paatshaala initiative across the world. It has refused to grant me permission to visit Austria and speak on the ‘happiness curriculum’ launched here. This has forced me to cancel my plans,” he tweeted in Hindi.

On his deputy’s allegation that the Centre had denied him permission to visit Austria, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter said this is “dirty politics”.

“Modiji had earlier refused to let another Delhi minister, Satyendra Jain, travel to Australia to speak on Mohalla clinics… Proclaiming the good things that happen here across the world only helps glorify the nation. The centre is playing dirty politics here,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The happiness curriculum, launched by the Delhi government in July, includes meditation, value education and mental exercises for students up to Class 8. Afghanistan had earlier announced that it wants to reform its education system by adopting the format.

Delhi’s AAP government is constantly at odds with the Modi government, with both sides sparing no opportunity to heckle the other. A massive rally held on Friday had Kejriwal joining up with many opposition leaders to accuse the Modi government of cheating farmers through a flagship insurance scheme.