Jun 30, 2021, 12:05PM ISTSource: TOI.in

Madhya Pradesh school education minister Inder Singh Parmar courted controversy after allegedly making an insensitive remark “marna hai to maro…” (die, if you want to) with a delegation of parents’ association that went to meet him seeking action against private schools charging fees other than tuition fee on Tuesday. The minister told the association “marna hai to maro, jaa ke andolan karo…” (die if you want to, go and stage a protest). The video of minister Parmar went viral on social media drawing flak from the school parents’ association and the opposition Congress who have demanded his resignation. The office bearers of the association went to meet Parmar, demanding that the private schools be instructed not to charge fees other than tuition fee. Association president Kamal Vishwakarma said that when parents complained to Parmar about the schools arbitrarily charging fees in violation of last year’s high court and state government directives, he angrily made the remarks. “There were 60 parents who went to meet the minister at his official residence. We were kept waiting for almost an hour and half after which, an official from Parmar’s office met us. We submitted a memorandum to him and told that we wanted to meet the minister,” said Vishwakarma. Later, Parmar came out of his house. “Instead of talking to us, he went straight to his car. We asked him to help the parents in distress and pass necessary directives to the schools on fee, on which he reacted sharply and said we only want to create an issue,” he said.