The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made public on Monday the BA and MA degrees of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought an apology from Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for accusing Modi of lying about his educational qualifications.
BJP president Amit Shah and finance minister Arun Jaitley held aloft the Bachelor of Arts degree issued by Delhi University and the Masters of Arts degree from Gujarat University at a press conference in New Delhi.
“Before making such baseless allegations about someone’s personal life, one should have verified the facts. I am very ashamed that such a day would come that I’ll have to make public the PM’s degrees,” said Shah.
Accusing Kejriwal of lowering the level of politics, he sought a public apology from the Delhi chief minister.”By raising this issue without any substantial proof, Kejriwal has lowered the level of politics. He has committed a sin to defame the nation. Kejriwal should apologise to the nation,” he added.
He also asked Kejriwal on what basis he levelled the charges against the prime minister. Shah said he will write to Kejriwal. Jaitley said Modi completed his studies under difficult circumstances.
He said Modi travelled from Gujarat to give his BA examination. During the day he used to stay at the ABVP office in New Delhi.
“Those who claim to be common man should at least praise him. ‘Isse bada aam admi ka koi aur udahran nahi ho sakta.’ (There can be no greater example of a common man),” Jaitley said.
He said such an allegation had come from a party whose “several legislators are being prosecuted for disclosing fake degrees”.
“There is no other political party other than the Aam Aadmi Party whose leaders are being prosecuted for disclosing fake degrees,” he said.
“Politics of adventurism is being treated as substitute for governance in the Union territory,” said Jaitley.
Arvind Kejriwal ji has not only lowered down the standards of public life but has also defamed the nation across the world: Amit Shah— ANI (@ANI_news) May 9, 2016
Kejriwal, a bitter Modi rival, last week accused Modi of lying about graduating from Delhi University with a BA and obtaining a Masters in Political Science from Gujarat University
Modi has often cited the journey from his humble beginningsas a tea vendor’s son to national leader to win support from the
country’s poor. Having a degree fits the narrative of a man with the grit and determination to succeed.