The Hush Post| 15:16 pm |one-minute-read| Smriti Irani is in news again regarding her so-called educational qualification. On Thursday, the minister declared to the Election Commission in her poll affidavit that her “three year degree course was not complete.”
She made the same declaration in her 2017 affidavit to the Rajya Sabha, of which she is a member.
But in the 2014 polls, when the Union Minister fought from Amethi for the first time, she had only said: “Bachelor of Commerce Part-1, School of Open Learning (Correspondence) University of Delhi, 1994.”
While in 2004, when she contested from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk against Congress leader Kapil Sibal, her affidavit said B.A. or Bachelor of Arts, 1996, Delhi University (School of Correspondence).
The former minister has been accused by the Congress and other opposition parties of providing wrong information on her educational qualifications.
The Congress took a dig as they made a parody on the lines of a wildly popular television serial which starred the Union Minister before she joined politics.
“No matter what you say, the more you harass me, the harder I will work in Amethi,” she shot back at the Congress.
“A new serial is coming, ‘Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi‘,” Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said at a press conference.
She said: “Its opening line will be ‘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 keep changing, keep getting new forms, one degree comes, another degree goes, new affidavits keep forming),” she added, partly singing the title song from the serial Smriti was a part of.
The row over Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications was back in the limelight on Thursday after she filed her affidavit as a BJP candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, where she takes on Congress president Rahul Gandhi.