BJP & AAP spar over PM Modi’s degree

RSTV Bureau
Amit Shah and Arun  Jaitley addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi.

Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi.

There seems to be no end to the war of words between Aam Admi Party and BJP over the educational qualification of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both parties on Monday displayed degrees given to PM by universities and alleged each other of showing fake documents.

Forcefully rejecting the fake degree allegations made by Arvind Kejriwal, BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister displayed his BA and MA degrees and demanded a public apology from Kejriwal.

Jaitley said that allegations levelled against Modi could threaten federal polity in the country and such attempts should be defeated strongly.

“The politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute for governance,” said the Finance Minister.

Mounting a strong attack on Kejriwal, the two leaders accused Kejriwal of lowering the public discourse by spreading unsubstantiated canards against the Prime Minister.

“It is very unfortunate that we have to hold this press meet to clarify the Prime Minister’s credentials. He has committed the sin of defaming the country. When you do not have any proof, how can you spread allegations against the PM. Kejriwal should apologise not only to the Prime Minister but to the entire nation,” said Shah.

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Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia during NITI Ayod meeting

AAP was quick to give counter evidence by showing mark sheets which AAP says are key giveaways that the Prime Ministers degrees are fake.

“The name on mark-sheet is Narendra Kumar Damodar Das Modi, whereas on the degree it is Narendra Damodar Das Modi. Also the mark-sheet shows 1977, the degree was issued in 1978. How is that possible?” asked AAP leader Ashutosh

AAP leaders said that there was no “Narendra Damodar Modi” who passed out from Delhi University in 1978 but a “Narendra Mahavir Modi” from Rajasthan got degree the same year.

Kejriwal has been alleging that the Prime Minister’s BA degree is fake and that it was obtained by a namesake of his from Alwar.

Last week, the Delhi Chief Minister had said that he can assert with “full responsibility” that Delhi University’s records have no mention of “Narendra Damodardas Modi” and that one “Narendra Kumar Mahavir Prasad Modi” from Alwar had taken admission in 1975.

Kejriwal, who have been demanding that Modi’s degrees be placed in public domain, had said the issue was not whether the PM was “10th pass or 12th pass” but that he has furnished “fake” certificates and “cheated” the people of the country.