The Congress on Friday called Union Minister and BJP candidate from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani a “serial liar” and alleged that she had “falsified records” of her educational qualifications and submitted contradictory affidavits to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for which, it said, she should be disqualified.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi also accused Ms. Irani of misusing her influence and power as a Minister.
“Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had been rubbishing Opposition’s claim that she is not a graduate, yesterday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it,” Ms. Chaturvedi said, adding that she should step down and disqualified from contesting the polls.
“We have no issue with the fact that Smriti Irani is not a graduate. The issue here is that she has lied repeatedly on oath and to the courts. People of India will see through these lies and give a befitting political reply to a ‘serial liar’!”, she said.
”It is clear that she has not only “falsified records” of her degrees but has submitted contradictory affidavits to the EC for which she is guilty of offence under Section 125A read with Section 33 of the Representation of the Peoples Act,” she said.
There was no immediate reaction from the BJP on the issue.
Ms. Irani on Thursday submitted to the ECI that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University.
In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Ms. Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.
Ms. Irani has said she did not complete her Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) – a three-year degree course – from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning in 1994.
In her affidavit in the 2014 polls, she had reportedly said she graduated from the university in 1994, triggering a row over the veracity of her claim, with Opposition parties alleging she was not a graduate.