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

  • Agencies, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 09:59 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's graduation degree (L), awarded by the Delhi University and Post-graduation degree from Gujarat University which were shown by BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a press conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi o (PTI)

Amid a debate over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational degrees, BJP on Tuesday wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal enclosing photocopies of the same to help clear his doubts on them.

BJP national Secretary Shrikant Sharma wrote a letter to Kejriwal enclosing photocopies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA and MA degrees and asking the Delhi Chief Minister to clear his ‘confusion’ on the issue.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also said that Modi would stay with the then ABVP office bearer Naresh Gaud, who went on to become MLA several times from Delhi.

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Later, Gaud told reporters that Modi stayed with him in 1974 when he had come to Delhi from Gujarat to take the DU examination.

“Kejriwal is lying cent percent,” Gaud said. BJP on Monday released copies of BA and MA degrees of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in response to Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations questioning his degree from Delhi but AAP hit back saying the documents were “forged” and had “glaring discrepancies” in them.

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In a bid to set at rest the row over the issue, BJP president Amit Shah and Jaitley jointly addressed a press conference where they released the graduation degree taken from Delhi University and the masters’ degree from Gujarat University.

But within an hour of the BJP’s press conference, 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.

Later, Kejriwal also tweeted that Modi’s BA degree was a “fake” that belonged to a person of the same name from Alwar, Rajasthan.

The documents released by the BJP showed Modi cleared the BA exam in the third division in 1978 as an external student, obtaining 489 marks out of 1200. He cleared English, Hindi and history on multiple attempts, taking an extra year to complete the three-year course.

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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