AAP leaders to visit DU today to verify PM Modi’s BA degree

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 17:00 IST
Ashutosh (Spokesperson of Aam Aadmi Party) along with Dilip Pandey( AAP leader) addressing press conference. (Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Photo )

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders plan to visit Delhi University on Tuesday afternoon to verify Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bachelor’s degree.

The controversy over PM’s degree started after Gujarat University and Delhi University denied to reveal PM’s degree in an RTI application. Following this Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to the Chief Information Commission (CIC) to issue an order to both universities to reveal PM’s degree.

On Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released PM Modi’s BA and MA degrees and criticised AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for bringing down the level of public discourse. According to the BJP, the PM’s undergraduate degree is from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning, then known as School of Correspondence and Continual Education. He completed his BA programme in 1978 and has a masters degree from Gujarat University.

Immediately after the degrees were released, AAP called them fake.

Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said Modi’s certificates were forged, citing what it said were “glaring discrepancies” in various details on the documents.

“Nakal ke liye bhi akal ki jarurat hai (One needs brains even to copy),” AAP leader Ashutosh said.

“His name in the BA mark sheet is Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi while in the master’s degree it is Narendra Damoderdas Modi,” he added.

Read more: BJP waves PM Modi’s university degrees, Kejriwal calls them fake

AAP leader Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha and Ashish Khetan are likely to visit the university campus again on Tuesday afternoon.

“AAP leaders will go to DU VC’s office to inspect documents related to PM’s BA degree,” said the party statement.

Read more: BJP writes to Kejriwal enclosing copies of Modi’s BA and MA degrees

They have also invited BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to accompany them.

The row over Modi’s certificate is the latest in a series of showdowns between Kejriwal and the BJP, a rivalry that has often played out bitterly between their supporters on social media. On Monday, Twitter lit up over the controversy, with many users sympathetic to Modi trending #kejriwalsaysorry.

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