Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Amit Shah criticised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for having raised questions over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications and demanded an apology for “misleading” the country.
In a press conference held jointly by him and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Shah showed copies of Modi’s graduation and post-graduation degrees.
The Prime Minister has a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and secured his post-graduation degree from Gujarat University, Shah said.
“Kejriwal has not only lowered the level of politics in the country but also shamed India in the world,” Shah said.
Shah also criticised the Congress for also having taken up the issue and said the party must first tackle the corruption allegations against it.
Shah said the BJP would distribute the Prime Minister’s degrees across the country.
“It is public discourse at its lowest. Kejriwal should have tried to clarify facts before taking it up. And this comes from a political party that has several of its leaders being prosecuted for disclosing fake degrees,” Jaitley said.
“The Prime Minister did his graduation as an external candidate from Delhi University. He did his master's from Gujarat University in the same way,” Jaitley said
Kejriwal has been demanding that Modi’s degrees be made public.
The BJP also brought four-time Delhi MLA Naresh Gaur, who stayed with Modi when the latter came to Delhi for Delhi University’s exams, as proof. Gaur claimed all of Modi's certificates were "correct".
The degrees distributed by the BJP show that Modi cleared his BA in four years and secured third division. He cleared all four subjects: English, Hindi, political science and history in his first year, but failed all subjects except for political science in 1976. He failed history in 1977.
In 1978 he graduated in third division.