New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Friday launched a scathing attack on the Congress saying that the party has not left a single chance to pass “derogatory” remarks on her in the past five years.
“In the last five years, the Congress leaders did not leave a single chance to insult and pass derogatory remarks about me. I only have one message for them: the more you insult me, the more you attack me, the harder I will work against Congress in Amethi,” Irani told ANI here.
Dubbing Union minister Smriti Irani a "serial liar", the Congress on Friday alleged that she has "falsified records" of her educational qualifications and submitted contradictory affidavits to the Election Commission for which she should be disqualified.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi took a jibe at her and said, "A new Hindi serial is going to come - Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi. 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. (Qualification versions also changes, get moulded in new forms, one degree comes and the other goes, new affidavits get created)."
This is not the first time that Smriti's educational degree has been a subject of controversy.
Priyanka Chaturvedi also accused Irani of misusing her influence and power as a Union minister. "Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had been rubbishing Opposition's claim that she is not a graduate, on Thursday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it," Chaturvedi said.
She should step down and also be disqualified from contesting the polls, Chaturvedi said. "We have no issue with the fact that Smriti Irani is not a graduate. The issue here is that she has lied repeatedly on oath and to the courts. People of India will see through these lies and give a befitting political reply to a 'serial liar'!"
It is clear that she has not only "falsified records" of her degrees but has submitted contradictory affidavits to the EC for which she is guilty of offence under Section 125A read with Section 33 of the Representation of Peoples Act, Chaturvedi said.
There was no immediate reaction from the BJP over the issue. Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani on Thursday submitted to the Election Commission that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University.
In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.
Irani has said she did not complete her Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) - a three-year degree course - from Delhi University's School of Open Learning in 1994.
In her affidavit for 2014 polls, she had reportedly said she graduated from the university in 1994, triggering a row over the veracity of her claim, with opposition parties alleging she was not a graduate.
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