PUNE: Kapil Patil, who got elected from the Mumbai teacher’s constituency as an MLA for the third consecutive time, said in a meet organised in the city on Saturday that he will continue to oppose the corporatisation of education in the assembly. He was speaking at the Democratic Socialist Conference organised by the Rashtra Seva Dal.
“I have been a follower of Shahu, Phule and Ambedkar’s thoughts all my life. I have been resisting the attempts to turn education into an industry. Which is why Vinod Tawade was so eager to try and defeat me. But now that I have been entrusted a responsibility, I will fight against the attempts to corporatise education in the assembly,” Patil said.
Patil was felicitated at the hands of veteran activist Baba Adhav. Patil further said, “What stance we take in times of difficulty is what defines us. There are no ideological differences but personal differences in those who believe in socialist values. We should keep our differences aside and come together to resist. It was our resistance that has kept privatisation at bay, may it be this government or earlier ones.”
Speaking at the programme, MP Raju Shetti, who was also present, said, “It is activists like Kapil Patil that are the candles in the raging storms. To turn the movement into a wildfire, such candles need to burn and for this, we need support from other like-minded associates all over the State.”
Baba Adhav, speaking after the felicitation, said, “Inequality in the country is at its zenith. The problem of unemployment is raging, but in all these conditions, the voices of resistance on the street have become weak. In contributing to the movement, all associates need to play their part. This togetherness will help overcome helplessness and work for the upliftment of the society.”