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A BCom graduate from Commerce College and a law graduate from law College, Rajasthan University in 1980, Kali Charan Saraf, 64, is a pucca Jaipurite.
A six time MLA, in 2013 Saraf defeated Archana Sharma of Congress, who is also its spokesperson, by a huge margin of 89,974 votes.
Saraf is a veteran leader with a vast experience of working for the public. With an impressive report card of the work done as an MLA even when BJP was not in power, he had people on his side when he went seeking votes in 2013. His robust image, direct link with the common man and many movements and campaigns for the people gave him an edge over Archana Sharma , who was also considered a strong candidate.
A Vasundhara Raje loyalist, he was first made the education minister in Raje’s Cabinet but later shifted to Higher Education.
Just before the General Elections of 2014, Saraf had said he would consider incorporating Narendra Modi’s biography in school text books, if he became the Prime Minister after the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
Saraf had said: “Modi is an inspirational personality and young students should learn about his life. We plan to incorporate some inspirational events from Modi’s biography in school books when he becomes the next Prime Minister. Modi sold tea in his childhood and has become the most popular leader today. His struggle gives inspiration and it should be learnt by students.”
Saraf was also under fire for closing/ merging 17129 schools across the state after he took over. There were widespread protests against the move with Right to Education Forum condemning it as an undemocratic process.
The RTE Forum said that 17,129 schools in Rajasthan have been merged to 13,565 schools. Of these, around 4,000 schools have been fully closed leading to strong protests by different stakeholders in the community including parents, teachers, trade union organisations, CSOs and social activists.
On Teacher’s Day last year, Saraf had created a controversy saying students of government schools cannot achieve ranks in top national exams because teachers do not work but only take fat salaries home.