Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has never missed an opportunity to attack Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who defeated her in the last Lok Sabha polls in Amethi in 2014. But, Rahul has always ignored her attack by choosing to remain silent.
However, the Congress president on Friday decided to target Irani on her alleged fake degree by accusing the BJP of possessing ‘fake degree’ in its DNA. Rahul tweeted, “Mr 56 (inch) and his ministers have taught students that the doors to the BJP open by showing fake degrees. This is an old RSS policy to attack educational institutions and appoint people with fake degree in the government. This why the Delhi University continues to be a victim of the RSS’s furgical (fake) strike.”
Rahul was responding the resignation of the newly elected president of the Delhi University’s Student Union, Ankiv Baisoya, after he was accused of submitting a fake degree to secure admission in the Delhi University. Baisoya had contested this year’s student body’s elections as an ABVP candidate. The ABVP, which is the student wing of the RSS, had publicly conceded that Baisoya’s action had tarnished its image.
In his tweet, Rahul also posted a screenshot with his tweet that said, “Fake degree is in BJP’s DNA.”
श्री छप्पन और उनके मंत्रियों ने छात्रों को दिखाया है कि भाजपा में मंत्रीमंडल का शीघ्र द्वार फ़र्ज़ी डिग्री दिखा कर खुलता है|
शैक्षिक संस्थानों पर प्रहार और फ़र्ज़ी डिग्री वालों को सत्ता पर बिठाना RSS का पुराना सिद्धांत है|
इसीलिए DU पर RSS का फ़र्जिकल स्ट्राइक जारी है| pic.twitter.com/VrKBLtzeDF
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 16, 2018
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Irani have been accused of faking their degrees. While a petition seeking the details on Irani’s degree is being heard by the Delhi High Court, PM Modi’s ‘certificate’ had claimed that he passed his degree in ‘entire political science.’ Opposition parties had accused the BJP of faking his degree to avoid public embarrassment.
In February this year, the high court had made scathing observations addressing the CBSE that if its exam marks were available online now, then it could not claim of right to privacy for previous students.