BJP produces PM's degrees in public, AAP claims they are fake
By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi THE BJP was in a fight back mode on Monday regarding the controversies surrounding the educational qualifications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it released copies of his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees to settle the debate instigated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
BJP president Amit Shah, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by his side, sought an apology from the Delhi chief minister for maligning the prime minister's image by raising a fabricated issue.
The BJP had hoped that production of prime minister's degrees will give a sound burial to the controversy but the AAP hit back pricking holes in the ruling party documents raising doubts about their legitimacy.
" Arvind Kejriwal has been spreading lies about the Prime Minister. He has tried to defame the PM. He should apologise not only to the PM but the entire nation," said Amit Shah, holding up what he claimed were the PM's degrees.
Union minister Arun Jaitley, a former DU student, came all prepared sharing his memories of Modi coming to Delhi for his exams. Jaitley also introduced former BJP MLA Naresh Gaur saying Modi shared accommodation with him during his examinations in Delhi.
He said the kind of allegations that have been levelled against the prime minister threatened federal polity in the country and such attempts should be defeated strongly while challenging the Delhi chief minister to verify his claims. The politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute for governance, he said, mounting a strong attack on Kejriwal.
Hours later, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that records at the Delhi University had been " sealed". " Docs in DU hv been sealed. BJP presents Farzi docs in a PC gets real records sealed? Why? Implement CIC order. Allow inspection," he tweeted. " DU VC not confirming the degree," he added.
Earlier, AAP leader Ashutosh addressed a press conference in which he claimed 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 zaroorat 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.
Amid the allegations that Delhi University has sealed the records following a controversy over Modi's degrees, vice- chancellor Yogesh Tyagi said he has not issued any such orders.
Asked about the veracity of the degrees, copies of which were released by the BJP, Tyagi did not comment. " We have received an order from the Central Information Commission ( CIC) and we will respond to it after checking our records. As far as sealing of records is concerned, I have not issued any such orders and if the university department dealing with RTIs has done in its own capacity, I am not updated about it, Tyagi said.
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