Delhi varsity VC to meet AAP leaders tomorrow over PM Modi’s degree

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 19:54 IST
AAP leader Ashotosh during the press conference in New Delhi, India, on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Ravi Choudhary / HT Photo )

A group of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP_ leaders who visited the Delhi University on Tuesday to verify Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree was denied a meeting with the vice-chancellor.

The group was, however, assured of a meeting with V-C Yogesh Tyagi on Wednesday at 3pm.

“VC wants to meet the AAP leaders and has promised he will take time out tomorrow (Wednesday),” said a university official.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made public on Monday what it said were Modi’s university degree certificates, seeking to blunt opposition allegations that the PM had fabricated his education qualifications.

But within an hour of the BJP’s press conference, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP said Modi’s certificates were forged, citing what it said were “glaring discrepancies” in various details on the documents.

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AAP leaders Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Asish Khetan wanted to meet Tyagi on Tuesday but were not allowed to enter his office.

Police personnel reached the site in large numbers. Later, the AAP leaders left.

Khetan told the media that the group visited the campus because “it is a matter of the Prime Minister’s degree and it is the VC’s responsibility to present the truth”.

“The mark sheets shown by the BJP yesterday are different from the mark sheets of those who studied at Delhi University in the same year. We want to point out these discrepancies,” Khetan said.

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.

Also, the Gujarat University had recently shared details of his MA degree saying he scored 62.3% as an external student.

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.

The BJP says the attack over Modi’s education is part of a smear campaign by political rivals unhappy with his rise from a tea seller at a railway station to become the country’s prime minister.

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