New Delhi: The Congress party on Monday criticized the government’s move to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Teachers’ Day on Friday across several schools in the country.

“No Prime Minister or President of India has ever before compulsorily by diktat has said that every private and public school from class 1 to class twelfth must sit and hear the Prime Minister speak," party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.

Modi is scheduled to address a select group of 1,000 students at the Manekshaw Auditorium in the national capital on 5 September on Teachers’ Day. The event, which includes interaction with students, would be telecast live to over 18 lakh government and private schools through Doordarshan and education channels.

Calling it “misuse of government machinery for furthering political propaganda", Singhvi said there was no net result of it. “It is a constitutional issue about whether an exercise like this can be permitted or not," he added.