Make Modi’s degree public: Kejriwal to DU

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged Delhi University to make public Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree.

In a letter to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Kejriwal referred to Modi’s successive election affidavits in which he claimed that he had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University.

“It will be better if you put on the university website all the documents related to the prime minister’s degree,” he said.

“The people of this country have a right to know how educated their prime minister is.”

Make Modi’s BA degree public, Kejriwal tells DU 

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged Delhi University to make public Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree.

In a letter to Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Kejriwal referred to Modi’s successive election affidavits which stated that he had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University.

“It will be better if you put on the university website all the documents related to the prime minister’s degree,” he said.

“The people of this country have a right to know how educated their prime minister is.”

The letter comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader alleged that Modi didn’t have a BA degree from Delhi University.

He said there were no records in the university and the purported degree of Modi published by some newspapers was forged.

Modi’s election affidavit in 2014 claimed he had both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. According to the affidavit, he completed a distance education course from Delhi University in 1978 in Political Science.

Kejriwal said in his letter to Tyagi that if Modi didn’t have a BA degree, then he could not be having an MA degree too.

“Gujarat University says he (Modi) has done MA from there. But if he hasn’t even done his BA, how did he get admission in MA? It raises doubts that his MA degree is also forged. It is a very serious matter.”

On Wednesday, three AAP leaders alleged that Delhi University refused to share with them details regarding Modi’s BA degree and told them to approach the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) instead.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) had on April 29 directed the universities of Delhi and Gujarat to respond to the RTI application regarding Modi’s educational qualifications.

Earlier, the Delhi University declined to give information related to Modi’s BA degree despite RTI requests.

The university cited its inability to get the information without a roll number as the reason for the denial.

Court grants exemption to Kejriwal in Bidhuri defamation case

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) A court here on Thursday granted exemption to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance in a defamation case filed by BJP parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri.

Kejriwal’s counsel Rishikesh Kumar and Neha Rastogi told Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh that Kejriwal has to attend a government meeting and he would not be able to attend court.

Defence counsel assured the court that Kejriwal will positively appear on the next date fixed for the hearing.

The court allowed Kejriwal’s plea seeking exemption. It fixed June 6 as next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a defamation complaint filed by Bidhuri alleging that Kejriwal had made defamatory statements against him, terming him as a criminal in an interview to a private channel on July 17, last year.

Bidhuri told the court that Kejriwal’s defamatory statements had maligned his image.

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