After days of Arvind Kejriwal relentlessly accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying about his education, the ruling BJP today released his college degrees and fielded its top leaders, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley, in its fightback, reports NDTV.
"Arvind Kejriwal has been spreading lies about the prime minister. He has tried to defame the PM. He should apologise not only to the PM but the entire nation," said BJP chief Amit Shah, holding up what he said were the prime minister's degrees, a Bachelor of Arts from the Delhi University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Gujarat University.
"It is public discourse at its lowest ever," said Union Minister Arun Jaitley, a former Delhi University student who shared memories of Modi coming to Delhi for his exams against the backdrop of the 1975-77 emergency imposed by the Congress government at the time.
Hours later, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Kejriwal tweeted that records at the Delhi University had been "sealed".
Kejriwal insisted there were "glaring discrepancies" in the released certificates, including different spellings of Modi's name.
"The name on mark-sheet is Narendra Kumar Damodar Das Modi, whereas on the degree it is Narendra Damodar Das Modi. Also the graduation marksheet shows 1977, the degree was issued in 1978. How is that possible?" said the party's Ashutosh.
The crux of AAP's allegations is that the only "Narendra Modi" who graduated from Delhi University in 1978 was "Narendra Mahavir Modi" from Rajasthan's Alwar.
As Kejriwal demanded details of the prime minister's education last month, the Central Information Commission directed the Delhi and Gujarat Universities to provide details.
The Gujarat University said Modi did complete his MA (Master of Arts) and scored 62.3 percent as an external student.
The Delhi University has not given any details till now.