NEW DELHI: Union HRD minister Smriti Irani has finally responded to Congress leader Ajay Maken’s comments on her qualification.
“I humbly request people of India to judge me by my work,” Smriti said on Thursday in response to Maken’s jibe that the BJP’s HRD minister is not even a graduate.
“Extraneous circumstances have been created to deviate my attention from the work I have been given,” Smriti Irani said.
Congress leader Ajay Maken had tweeted: “What a Cabinet of Modi? HRD Minister (Looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate! Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11”.
The tweet triggered a row with the BJP strongly defending Smriti Irani and asking what was Sonia’s qualification to lead the UPA government.
Maken’s tweet was even opposed by some Congress leaders with Manish Tewari opposing personal attacks on political rivals.
However, on Wednesday Congress latched on to inconsistencies relating to Smriti’s educational qualifications in affidavits she filed in 2004, 2011 and 2014, with the later ones indicating she did not complete graduation.
While the affidavit filed by Irani when she contested the 2004 Lok Sabha polls said she had completed a BA from Delhi university’s school of correspondence in 1996, the 2011 submission for her Rajya Sabha elections under the head “highest qualification” stated that she did B Com part I, again from DU’s school of correspondence, in 1994.