Congress in street against ‘fake lawyer’ Jitender Singh Tomar

With slogans such as “AAP's fake lawyer, resign now”, protesters targeted Tomar as well as Kejriwal.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 1, 2015 4:03 am
Police use water cannons to disperse Congress workers protesting against Tomar on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Police use water cannons to disperse Congress workers protesting against Tomar on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

The Congress on Thursday mounted more pressure on the Kejriwal government, demanding the immediate dismissal of Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who has been in the middle of an alleged fake degree controversy.

With slogans such as “Fake degree, fake government” and “AAP’s fake lawyer, resign now”, protesters targeted Tomar as well as Kejriwal. The Delhi Police had to use water cannons after scores of Congress protesters attempted to break barricades while marching towards the Delhi Secretariat.

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Delhi party chief Ajay Maken said the protest would not subside until Tomar was removed from the cabinet. “We will continue our agitation till the minister is sacked. We also demand that Arvind Kejriwal step down as chief minister, taking moral responsibility for the issue,” Maken told the gathering. “The AAP had come to power promising clean politics. But its leader is now protecting the corrupt.”

A Bihar-based university, from where Tomar claims to have finished his law education, told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that his provisional certificate is “fabricated and does not exist in the institution’s record”. The Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University also told the the court that the serial number of the provisional certificate showed the name of another person, not Tomar’s.

With the Congress having no members in the Delhi Assembly, Maken’s challenge is to ensure that the party doesn’t lose its relevance in the capital, which it ruled for 15 years till 2013.

According to leaders, the Congress’s tactics of street protests and dharnas, which is reminiscent of the AAP’s tactics prior to the 2013 Assembly elections, will be key to remaining in people’s view.

“We may not have anyone in the Assembly, but BJP barely has any presence there either. All opposition to the government has to take place outside the Assembly,” a senior leader said.

The BJP too had staged a similar protest on the “fake certificate” outside Kejriwal’s residence on Wednesday.

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    May 1, 2015 at 12:35 am
    Sonia hi’s qualifications were at issue in the early 2000s, because her election affidavit had claimed that the language school she attended in the town of Cambridge was part of the University of Cambridge. It was not. Subramanian Swamy pursued this case to the Supreme Court, in the expectation that it would lead to her election being overturned, but it was dropped for being a “stale issue”. The BJP’s Human Resources Development Minister minister, Smriti Z Irani twice lied about her qualifications in election affidavits. Questioned about these claims on television she lied again: “In that kitty where people call me anpadh, I do have a degree from Yale as well… which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacity.’ A Metropolitan Magistrates court in Delhi is set to hear a complaint against her on Thursday
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      MP Singh
      May 1, 2015 at 12:14 am
      Toma's presence in the AAP and holding the post of a Minister speaks of the AAP Party itself. Everything is manited in AAP. A fake degree or false degree always takes a heavy toll on the degree holder; he is not crowned as a Minister. Once a liar is always a liar in the eyes of law. Even according to the Indian conditions, Tomar must resign as a Minister; in other countries perils are higher. Why Kejriwal is protecting such a liar and crook who can fake anything?
      1. Sunil Vadehra
        Apr 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm
        The least that is expected of the Delhi Govt. is its stand on the issue. A party that gave 48 hours notice to its founder members for their ' utterances', is surprisingly silent on such a serious charge.