New Delhi: Days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualification, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released his college degrees and demanded an apology from the AAP supremo for his desperate attempts to turn a ‘blatant lie into truth’.
Addressing a press conference here along with his senior colleague and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP president Amit Shah said Kejriwal tried to turn a ‘blatant lie into truth’ and create confusion with his assertions that Prime Minister Modi’s degrees are fake.
“We are putting the Prime Minister’s both degrees (Bachelor of Arts from DU and MA from Gujarat University) in public domain,” he said while urging the media not to entertain such petty and disgraceful news.
Shah said that Kejriwal caused an embarrassment and, therefore, should tender an apology for his baseless allegations.
“I will write a letter to Kejriwal ji so that he is reassured. It is a shame that we have to clarify it. Arvind Kejriwal has stooped to a new low. This is disgraceful. He now owes an apology not only to the Prime Minister, but to the entire nation,” Shah said.
“Unfortunate, we have to clarify the Prime Minister’s qualifications. For the last few days, Arvind Kejriwal has been spreading lies about the Prime Minister’s credentials. He has tried to defame Prime Minister Modi. Kejriwal must come out and explain his motives,” he added.
Jaitley also came down heavily on Kejriwal for making such statements in public and criticizing Prime Minister Modi without checking facts.
“This is a public discourse at its lowest. This comes from a political party whose leaders are being prosecuted for fake degrees,” he said.
Jaitley further said the Delhi Chief Minister’s irresponsible behaviour is destabilising the Centre-state relationship.
“The politics of adventurism is being treated as substitute for governance. I urge them (AAP) to avoid such non-issues and focus on the real issues that need to addressed in better governance,” he added.
The Central Information Commission (CIC) had earlier directed the Delhi University and the Gujarat University to make best possible search for information regarding the Prime Minister’s degrees and provide it to ‘appellant’ Kejriwal.
The AAP chief had earlier claimed the Delhi University’s records showed that Prime Minister Modi had never enrolled in the university, contradicting the latter’s claim that he obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from DU.