FPJ DOCUMENTED: New MoS, Home, Pramanik embroiled in controversies

-- ‘Pujar Mala’, a Facebook page located in Bangladesh, sparked a controversy by posting this week that Pramanik was born in the Harinathpur of Gaibandha located in the South Asian country.

-- Pramanik’s official entries says he was born on January 17, 1986, at Dinhata in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district.

-- Pramanik has not responded to the 'Pujar Mala' post so far.

-- At 35, Pramanik is the youngest minister in the new Narendra Modi cabinet.

-- He is also the first Central minister from the Cooch Behar district that borders Bangladesh and Bhutan.

-- Controversy has also erupted over Pramanik’s educational qualification after he was named the new MoS, Home.

-- Pramanik, who joined the BJP in 2019 from Trinamool Congress, won a seat in the West Bengal Assembly elections this summer but resigned to retain his Lok Sabha membership.

-- He had stated 'Madhyamik Pariksha' or secondary exam as his highest educational qualification in both affidavits.

-- The one for the Assembly polls was submitted on March 18 2021, and one for the Lok Sabha elections was submitted on March 25, 2019.

-- However, Pramanik’s profile on the Lok Sabha website says his educational qualification is “Bachelors of Computer Applications (BCA) Educated at Balakura Junior Basic School”.

-- “In March, his highest educational qualification was that he had appeared in the higher secondary exam, he did not clarify in his affidavit if he passed the exam. And now, in July, he has a Bachelor’s degree,” asked former TMC MLA Udayan Guha.

-- Pramanik’s profile, however, does not mention that the school gave him the degree. It says that the course was conducted at the school. However, the profile also does not mention which institution offered the degree, even if the school premises was used as a venue.

-- Pramanik was a TMC youth wing leader in Cooch Behar whom the party expelled in 2018, after which he joined the BJP under the active stewardship of Mukul Roy.

-- Pramanik has mentioned of 11 criminal cases against him in his 2019 affidavit and 13 cases in a 2021 affidavit, including charges of murder, dacoity, theft, and possession of explosives.

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