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Smriti Irani fake certificate controversy: Congress demands resignation

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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly fudging facts regarding her educational qualifications.

“It is apparent that the country’s Education Minister is lying about her own education. What will happen to the future of millions and millions of the children of this country?”, asked Congres’ spokesman R.S. Surjewala.

“Irani has no moral or constitutional or legal right to continue in her post even for a day. Either she should resign or she should be sacked by the Prime Minister,” he added.

The Congress reaction came after a Delhi court took note of a complaint accusing the minister of allegedly misrepresenting facts regarding her educational qualifications.

Taking a jibe at the Narendra Modi government, Surjewala said it was most unfortunate that the degrees of both the Education Ministers of the country were under question.

Minister of State, Ram Shankar Katheria, also, faces charges of holding a fake degree.

“How does the Modi government propose to run education when educational degrees of Education Ministers are under question?” he asked.

“Delhi University comes within the purview of the HRD ministry. She definitely, as Education Minister, will influence the course of investigation. So, she has no moral, legal or constitutional right to continue in her post even for a day,” he said.

(IANS)

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  • Premlata Sinha

    Did anyone ask Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi about their certificates, both were going to become PMO of India.

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha

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Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha
Veerendra Kumar, Kerala JD-U leader resigns from Rajya Sabha. IANS
  • Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit
  • JD-U leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar resigned from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 20, 2017: Disgruntled Janata Dal-United leader M.P. Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha, days after rebel JD-U leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from the Upper House.

The 80-year-old, also a Kerala media baron, submitted his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday morning, Arun Kumar Shrivastava, also a rebel JD-U leader, told IANS.

Shrivastava said Veerendra Kumar, who were elected to the Upper House from Kerala last year with support from the Congress-led UDF, resigned “so that no one questions his integrity that he is aligning with (Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U President) Nitish Kumar”.

Veerendra Kumar was the chairman of the JD-U’s Kerala unit.

Nitish Kumar’s decision to break away from the Grand Alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and align with the BJP-led NDA in July this year triggered rebellion in the party.

JD-U’s founder leader Sharad Yadav led the rebel faction to protest Nitish Kumar’s decision. He was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha along with Ali Anwar on December 4 “on ground of defection rules”. (IANS)

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