Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘uneducated’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by calling him uneducated while adding that India was ‘missing an educated PM.’

Arvind Kejriwal

Reacting to a news report on rupees’ sharp devaluation against dollar, Kejriwal wrote, “People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh. Its dawning on people now -“PM must be an educated person.”

The report by Wall Street Journal had said that the rupee is the worst performing currency in Asia this year, flirting with a record low on worries that India is headed for problems as oil prices remain high.

Kejriwal’s jibe came just hours before the BJP suffered humiliating defeats across India in the bypolls for four Lok Sabh and 10 assembly polls. The most striking defeat for the BJP came in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana and Noorpur, where the saffron party was accused of invoking religion to unsuccessfully polarise voters.

The by-elections were also held amidst rising fuel prices that evoked angry reactions from India’s middle-class.

Modi’s degree has been an enigma for quite some time. While his party said that the prime minister had passed his BA exams in 1978 from the Delhi University, they failed to produce credible evidence to substantiate their claims. The CIC had arejected the contention of the Central Public Information Officer of the University that it was a third party personal information, saying it finds “neither merit nor legality” in it.

Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu, who had earlier ordered the Delhi University to allow inspection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications, was later removed from his responsibility for the HRD ministry.

Aam Aadmi Party in particular has consistently been pressing for Modi’s degrees to be made public.

Faced with widespread embarrassment, the BJP had taken an extraordinary step in 2016 when both the party president, Amit Shah and the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a press conference to flash what they claimed were copies of Modi’s degress. Kejriwal had described the copies of the prime minister’s degrees published in newspapers forged.

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