After Smriti, Congress targets Gopinath Munde on educational qualification

Gopinath Munde

New Delhi, May 31: After targeting Union Minister Smriti Irani on her educational qualifications, Congress today questioned Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde on the same count, alleging that he “graduated in 1976 from a college established in 1978″.

“Social media is discussing the big achievement of BJP leader & RD Minister Mr Munde? He graduated in 1976 from a college established in 1978,” Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad tweeted.

Munde’s affidavit for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls available on the Election Commission website mentions that he did his BJL degree from New Law College, Pune in 1976.

Pune’s New Law College, as per its own website was established in 1978. Repeated attempts to reach Munde over telephone and text messages got no response from him. Congress has launched a scathing attack against Irani soon after she assumed charge as HRD minister, alleging that she was “not even a graduate”.

Ahmad’s tweets comes after AICC general secretary and communication department chairman Ajay Maken ridiculed Prime Minister’s cabinet for having an HRD minister who was not even a graduate.

“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!,” Maken had tweeted recently.

Five Delhi University staff were suspended yesterday for allegedly leaking purported documents relating to undergraduate admission of Irani and her admit card. Irani has since asked the University to “reinstate” them.

Congress today attacked the government over suspension of five non-teaching staff of Delhi University, saying the move smacked of “high-handedness” and was a precursor to the way the Centre wanted to conduct the affairs of the nation.