In a fierce attack on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief for spreading false rumours regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications.
Forcefully rejecting the fake degree allegations, the two leaders accused Kejriwal of lowering the public discourse by spreading unsubstantiated canards against the Prime Minister.
Amit Shah said, “It is very unfortunate that we have to hold this press meet to clarify the Prime Minister’s educational qualification status,” he said.”
“We are making public the copies of PM’s degrees. I am going to write a letter to Kejriwal, so that the nation can focus on more important matters,” Amit Shah hit out. “It is sad that we need to clarify on this. Kejriwal has defamed the country, this is a crime. I believe that Kejriwal should apologise to the nation and the world,” Shah said.
Amit Shah went on say, “If you (Kejriwal) did not have any concrete proof, then on the basis of what information did you write to the PM? On what basis did you spread such falsehood? You Kejriwal should apologise.” “You should have some proof before you make allegations in public life.”
— BJP (@BJP4India) May 9, 2016
Targeting Congress for also questioning PM Modi, Shah said, “Congress also jumped into this controversy that was created by Kejriwal. Manish Tewari asked the PM to to clarify. Dear Tewari ji, Congress has enough things to clarify in the Parliament, please do that first.”
FM Arun Jaitley also took on Kejriwal saying, “This is public discourse at its lowest level.” In a counter-attack on the Delhi CM, Jaitley said, “This comes from a party that has its MLAs being prosecuted and investigated for fake degrees.” “Politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute for governance in the the national capital,” Jaitley added.
Sticking to its charges despite BJP going public with PM Modi’s degrees and marksheets, AAP today alleged that the documents produced by Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley were “forged”, saying there were “glaring discrepancies” in them.
Addressing a press conference, AAP leader Ashutosh said Modi’s name does not match in the BA marksheet and that of the MA degree and even claimed that there were discrepancies in the year of passing as well.
“Nakal ke liye bhi akal ki jarurat hai (One needs brains even to copy). The BA marksheet is dated 1978 while the degree is of the year 1979. His name in the BA marksheet is Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi while in Masters degree, it is Narendra Damoderdas Modi,” said the AAP leader.
Last week Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi University was “refusing” to show records of Narendra Modi’s degree as he never graduated from it. He alleged that images of Modi’s degrees published by some newspapers were “forged”. “DU refuses to show records of PM’s degree. Why? My info- he did not do BA from DU,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Some media houses have told their reporters not to touch PM degree issue. Other than known Modi-channels, list includes ABP n NDTV(1/2)
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 6, 2016
The Central Information Commission (CIC) had on April 29 directed the universities of Delhi and Gujarat to respond to a letter from Kejriwal, which it treated as a Right to Information application onModi’s educational qualifications.
My letter to VC, DU on the issue of PM’s degree pic.twitter.com/EYZYZZXdFa
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 5, 2016
Earlier, Delhi University declined to provide information regarding Modi’s BA degree despite several RTI requests.
The university cited its inability to get the information without a roll number as the reason for the denial.
(With inputs from PTI)