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—Ashish Khetan
A full-blown war has broken out between the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP on Tuesday, with a few AAP leaders going to Delhi University to verify the degree certificates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
AAP leaders Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Asish Khetan had gone to meet the DU VC but were not allowed to enter his office. They were told he will not be able to meet them.
“VC wants to meet the AAP leaders and has promised he will take time out tomorrow,” a senior university official was quoted as saying. Reports said the meeting will take place at 3 pm on Wednesday.
“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,” Ashish Khetan was quoted as saying.
On Monday, the BJP made public Modi's university degree certificates, in a bid to disprove allegations by AAP that he had fabricated his qualifications.
Kejriwal has not said why Modi would want to claim a fake degree but the allegations, which set off frenzied speculation on social media, struck a nerve with the Sangh Parivar, upset about risk to Modi's reputation.
Modi has often cited the journey from his humble beginnings as 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.
Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held aloft what they said were Modi's degrees, a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Gujarat University.
"It is very unfortunate that we have to clarify the prime minister's educational qualification," party president Amit Shah told a news conference in New Delhi at which he was flanked by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Kejriwal says he has evidence Modi misappropriated the degrees of someone with the same name.
A spokesman for Kejriwal's party stood by the accusations, saying there were inconsistencies in the dates and names on Modi's degrees.
"We are happy to have an illiterate prime minister," said the spokesman, Vikas Yogi. "But not a prime minister who lies about his degrees."
Modi's party distributed photocopies of the certificates to journalists, with its officials saying Kejriwal should apologise to the country for doubting Modi's credentials.
"The degrees are in the public domain, but such allegations debase our political discourse," said party president Shah.
With agency inputs