Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday made fun of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the fake degree row involving Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) President and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) member Ankiv Baisoya who resigned on Thursday.
Launching frontal attack on both the saffron party and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Gandhi alleged that under the Modi government “fast entry gates” of ministries “open for those who possess fake degrees”. Posting an image of the PM, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Baisoya with a caption “Fake degree is in BJP’s DNA”, Rahul tweeted, “Shri ’56’ and his ministers have shown students that under BJP, the door to Cabinet opens after showing fake degrees. Attacking academic principles and make someone with a fake degree rule the country has been RSS’ style of functioning, which is why RSS’ ‘farzical’ (fake) strike continues against DU.”
On Thursday, Baisoya tendered his resignation from the post at the behest of ABVP. He was also suspended from the organisation pending an enquiry into his alleged fake mark sheet. Baisoya had secured admission in MA Buddhist Studies in July, and submitted BA mark sheets from Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvalluvar University (TU) as qualifying certificates. He was elected president on September 13. Soon after the polls, the NSUI alleged that he had submitted fake certificates.
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The TU registrar also wrote to the TN Department of Higher Education, stating that Baisoya was neither enrolled in the varsity nor in any of its constituent or affiliated colleges. DU is yet to complete its probe in the matter. Last year, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court against Irani for allegedly giving false information regarding her academic qualifications in affidavits to the Election Commission.