BJP leaders Wednesday said that Mukesh Bassi, the mayoral candidate of the Congress, had lied about his educational qualifications.
According to Chander Shekhar, the general secretary of the city unit of BJP, Bassi has been telling everybody that he is a class XII pass out, whereas in his application for a ticket he has mentioned BA as his qualification.
“Why doesn’t he produce his certificate? As per information, he has not even passed class VIII, which is why he is unclear about his educational qualifications,” said Chander Shekhar, who was accompanied by Prem Kaushik.
According to the BJP, they have raised the issue as the nominated councillors have said their votes will be in favour of only the meritorious. “How come their most educated candidate is contesting for the post of Deputy Mayor (Gurbax Rawat)?” added Shekhar.
Shekhar further said that their previous mayoral candidate, Heera Negi, had lost the election last year because of the same reason.
Bassi, however, said that the BJP was indulging in “slander” and it was a “forged” document. “I am a class XII pass out and I have told this to everybody. I can’t believe that the BJP can stoop to such a level.”
He added, “They should talk about their mayoral candidate who created a ruckus when he was caught drunk by the police few days ago.”
To this, BJP mayoral candidate Arun Sood said, “He is my good friend and I will not comment on what he said. People know what the reality is.”
BJP also pointed out that Bassi was the least active councillor in the Municipal Corporation. “Our mayoral candidate has spent the entire ward development fund in his ward while Bassi has spent only Rs 12 lakh out of Rs 28 lakh,” added the BJP leaders.
Drawing a comparison between the two mayoral candidates, BJP also said that Bassi never took any stand on any issue in the House while Sood was opinionated.
Cong backfires, Negi upset
As BJP raised questions on Mukesh Bassi’s qualification, Congress leaders said that the nominee for the post of deputy mayor of the BJP-SAD alliance had passed only class X.
To this, BJP leaders said that at least their mayor and senior deputy mayor were qualified. They, however, kept mum when asked if they were not seeking votes for their deputy mayor.
UT Congress president Pradeep Chhabra said, “One should see the administrative experience. Have they seen the qualification of their HRD Minister Smriti Irani?”
Meanwhile, a visibly miffed Heera Negi met senior party leaders Wednesday and discussed the reports linking her educational qualifications to her failure in the previous mayoral elections.