New Delhi: Taking on Arvind Kejriwal on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational qualification status, BJP President Amit Shah and senior leader Arun Jaitley Monday displayed his BA and MA degrees and demanded a public apology from the Delhi Chief Minister.
Kejriwal however insisted he was right while the AAP picked holes in Modi's marksheets.
BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley countered Kejriwal's allegations that Modi did not have valid B.A. and M.A. degrees and that he had lied about his educational qualifications.
"Before making such baseless allegations about someone's personal life, one should have verified the facts. I am very ashamed that such a day would come that I'll have to make public the prime minister's degrees," said Shah.
Holding aloft the Bachelor of Arts degree issued by Delhi University and the Masters of Arts degree of Gujarat University at a press conference at the BJP headquarters, Shah said Kejriwal should now apologize to the country.
"By raising this issue without any substantial proof, Kejriwal has lowered the level of politics. He has committed a sin ('paap') to defame the nation," he added.
Jaitley taunted Kejriwal and said the allegations against the prime minister come from the party whose "legislators are being prosecuted for disclosing fake degrees".
He was referring to AAP's Jitender Singh Tomar who lost his job as a Delhi minister after his arrest over his fake degree. Another AAP legislator is under scanner over her educational qualification.
But Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued to rake up the issue, saying the certificates displayed by Shah and Jaitley were forged.
AAP spokesperson Ashutosh pointed out the Modi's first year B.A. marksheet of 1975 had his name as "Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi", the second year has "Narendra Damoderdas Mody" and the third year has his name as "Narendra Kumar Damodar Das Mody".
Similarly, the first year M.A. marksheet from Gujarat University has the prime minister's name as "Modi Narendra Kumar Damoderdas" while the second year marksheet names him "Modi Narendra Damoderdas".
"Where is the affidavit where his name was changed?" Ashutosh asked, demanding to know how his surname could change from "Modi" to "Mody".
"His M.A. degree says he had done his post-graduation in 'Entire Political Science'. Is that even possible? There are a lot of glaring discrepancies in the certificates," he said.
In his tweet later, Kejriwal insisted that the Bharatiya Janata Party had presented "fake" documents at the Shah-Jaitley press conference and got the "real records sealed".
"Why? Implement CIC order. Allow inspection," he said, referring to Central Information Commission's ruling that Kejriwal's letter seeking Modi's original certificates be "deemed" as an RTI application.
Jaitley said Modi completed his studies in difficult circumstances and used to travel from Gujarat to give his B.A. examinations in Delhi, where he would stay at the ABVP office.
"Those who claim to be common men should at least praise the prime minister. 'Isse bada aam admi ka koi aur udahran nahi ho sakta'," Jaitley said.
"The politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute for governance," he added, mounting a strong attack on Kejriwal.
Modi enrolled as a B.A. (Pass) student with the College of Correspondence Courses of Delhi University in 1975. This was the year Emergency rule was imposed, which Modi campaigned against.
The AAP has been asking Modi to show his degree certificates, saying the issue was not about his qualification but that of "fake" certificates and how the prime minister "lied" to the people.
The Congress, which was initially silent on the issue, said the certificates released by the BJP raised more doubts than clearing any.
"The papers presented before the media by BJP chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley say that Modi passed third year of his BA degree course in 1979, whereas the degree certificate shows he graduated a year before in 1978," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here.
"How can this be possible? If a person gets marksheet for the final year in 1979, how can he get his degree a year before?" he said.
The Congress leader said that Modi kept his educational qualifications a mystery during his days as Gujarat chief minister by not answering any of the queries on the issue.
"Now that he has claimed that he obtained a BA degree from the Delhi University and a master's from the Gujarat University, he himself should come forward and clarify on the issue since there seem to be discrepancies in the documents presented by his people," Surjewala said, adding that there were spelling variations in his name.