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Smriti Irani clears air over her alleged Yale remark

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 11, 2014
First Published: 21:24 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:28 IST(11/8/2014)

A day after a row was created over her alleged remark at an event on having a degree from  Yale University, HRD minister Smriti Irani reacted on the social  media saying that her statement had been misconstrued.

"Unfortunate that statement regarding my participation in a leadership program & certificate thereafter was misconstrued," Irani said on Twitter and Facebook.

The controversy over HRD minister's education qualification had taken a new twist on Saturday by her allegedly saying she has a degree from Yale University, PTI reported.

Smriti had attended a six-day leadership programme along with 11 other Indian MPs last year and got a certificate for it.

Irani had allegedly made the remark when one of the members of the audience asked her about her education qualification at the India Today Woman Summit 2014.

At the event on Saturday Irani was allegedly quoted as saying: "In that kitty of mine where people call me 'anpad' (illiterate) I do have a degree from Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated by leadership capacities. Extraneous circumstances are being created so that I deviate my concentration from what my goals are. I should be judged from what I deliver as a minister."

Soon after the Lok Sabha results were announced on May 16, Irani was at the centre of a controversy over her educational qualifications after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations when she contested the parliamentary elections in 2004 and 2014.


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