Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thee..BA in 2004, BCom in 2014, 12th pass in 2019..Smriti is serial liar, says Cong...Insult will make me stronger says Irani..VIDEO
For once fire-brand Smriti Irani has been left red-faced by the Congress. Citing Smriti's educational qualifications in her affidavits over the years, Congress has dubbed her "serial liar". From BA in 2004, BCom in 2014 to Class 12 pass in 2019, Congress said she deserves a new serial with title "Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi (Once a Minister was also a graduate)".
New Delhi, Apr 12: For once fire-brand Smriti Irani has been left red-faced by the Congress. Citing Smriti's educational qualifications in her affidavits over the years, Congress has dubbed her "serial liar". From BA in 2004, BCom in 2014 to Class 12 pass in 2019, Congress said she deserves a new serial with title "Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi (Once a Minister was also a graduate)".
Taking off from Smriti's super hit 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahun Thi', Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi took a jibe at Smriti who is contesting against Rahul from Amethi. "Soon Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi will be aired with opening line 'Qualifications ke bhi roop badalte hain, naye-naye sanche mein dhalte hain, ek degree aati hai, ek degree jaati hai, bante affidavit naye hain. (Qualifications changes, new versions come. One degree comes, while other goes. New affidavits gets created), " said Priyanka. Smriti's new affidavit shows that she is not a graduate, said Priyanka. "Smriti Irani ji has proved that it is possible only in Modi government to become from a graduate to Class 12 pass," she added.
Priyanka alleged that Smriti has "falsified records of her educational qualifications and submitted contradictory affidavits to the Election Commission for which she should be disqualified. She accused Smriti of misusing her influence and power as a Union minister. "Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had been rubbishing Opposition's claim that she is not a graduate, yesterday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it, said Priyanka, adding that Smriti should step down and also be disqualified from contesting the polls.
"We have no issue with the fact that Smriti Irani is not a graduate. The issue here is that she has lied repeatedly on oath and to the courts. People of India will see through these lies and give a befitting political reply to a serial liar'!, said the Congress spokesperson.
"It is clear that she has not only "falsified records of her degrees but has submitted contradictory affidavits to the EC for which she is guilty of offence under Section 125A read with Section 33 of the Representation of Peoples Act," Priyanka said.
Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani on Thursday submitted to the Election Commission that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University.
In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Ms. Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.
In the category of highest educational qualification, Irani's form says "Bachelor of Commerce Part-1" from the School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi, with "three year degree course not completed" in brackets.
In her affidavit for 2014 polls, she had reportedly said she graduated from the university in 1994, triggering a row over the veracity of her claim, with opposition parties alleging she was not a graduate
Congress also released Irani's affidavits she had submitted during different elections she fought. The affidavits showed that she had "not completed" her three-year degree course.
In 2004, Irani's nomination for the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi claimed she completed a Bachelors degree in Arts in 1996 through correspondence.
In 2014, Irani's document mentioned her qualification as Bachelor of Commerce Part-1, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi, 1994.
At an event in 2014, Irani had also claimed that she had a degree from Yale University, the Congress said.
Meanwhile, Smriti was dismissive of the Congress allegations
News24 Bureau/ Agencies