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After Smriti Irani, now Gopinath Munde in education row

India TV News Desk 02 Jun 2014, 9:41:22 AM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: After a row over Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualification, the Congress has now questioned Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde's degree.

According to a affidavit submitted by Munde for the Lok Sabha elections, now available on the Election Commission website, Munde claimed that he did his Bachelors degree from New Law College, Pune in 1976. But the college was established in 1978.

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed raised the matter on Twitter. He tweeted, "Social media is discussing the big achievement of BJP leader & RD Minister Mr Munde? He graduated in 1976 from a college established in 1978."

Munde defended his qualification saying that the degree was issued by the Pune University and not by the college, "I have done a BCom and a BGL. I did an LLB for two years from the ILS College. However, it isnt the college that issues the degree certificate, it's Pune University."

Earlier, Congress leader Ajay Maken sparked a political controversy by questioning Smirit Irani's education qualification.

"What a Cabinet of Modi?HRD Minister (Looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate!Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11!" tweeted Maken.

"Media which went on an overdrive in analysing all UPA ministry formations, should conduct a fair assessment even now," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Following the row, the Delhi University (DU) suspended its five officials for allegedly leaking Irani's educational qualifications.