Senior AAP leader Ilyas Azmi on Saturday stoked the fake degree controversy surrounding Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, after he said that Tomar should resign from his post and so should Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
Azmi on Saturday morning told mediapersons that Tomar should resign from his post on the condition that Irani also forgoes her Union Minister position. Clarifying his stand later, Azmi told The Sunday Express, “It is my personal opinion that Tomar should step down on one condition — Irani should also resign. She had claimed that she has a degree from an American university. She only received a certificate of participation… when she visited the university for an event.”
Azmi further said, “If their (Tomar’s and Irani’s) claims are proved right, they can always been sworn again as ministers.”
Earlier this week, a Bihar-based university, from where Tomar claimed to have finished his law education, told the Delhi High Court that his provisional certificate is “fabricated and does not exist in the institution’s record”.
However, the AAP had said it will wait for the court ruling on the issue.
Following reports about Azmi demanding Tomar’s resignation, sources in the AAP said a clarification had been sought from him. “He (Azmi) denied that he had sought Tomar’s resignation. The media twisted his remarks. He had simply said those demanding Tomar’s resignation should also ask Irani to step down,” a senior leader said.
“Tomar has already submitted a detailed letter to the CM… If any wrongdoing on Tomar’s part is proved, action will be taken against him…” he said.
Meanwhile, reacting to Azmi’s statements, Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said, “You cannot compare the two cases (Tomar’s and Irani’s). She never gave a false certificate. In this case (Tomar’s), the competent authority — the university which is supposed to give the degree — has filed an affidavit in the court. Irani has already cleared the air about her educational qualifications.”
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