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PM’s degree row: Discrepancies in names common, says Gujarat University


Ahmedabad: With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) questioning the discrepancy in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name in the degree certificate, the Gujarat University on Monday clarified that it’s common in the state for such irregularities to occur.

Speaking to ANI, officiating Vice-Chancellor of the Gujarat University Dr Mahesh B Patel, said the mark sheet provided by the Delhi University mentions the Prime Minister’s name as ‘Narendra Kumar’, on the basis of which admission was given.

“We receive thousand of applications for change of names. It’s common in Gujarat that some differences in names happen… Marksheet provided by Delhi University mentions Narendra Kumar and admission was given on that basis,” Patel told ANI.

“That is why marksheet of 1981 mentions Narendra Kumar, but he wrote Narendra in exam form of 1982,” he added.

Days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned Prime Minister Modi’s educational qualification, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier today released his college degrees and demanded an apology from the AAP supremo for his desperate attempts to turn a ‘blatant lie into truth’.

Addressing a press conference here along with party chief Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came down heavily on Kejriwal for making such statements in public and criticizing Prime Minister Modi without checking facts.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) had earlier directed the Delhi University and the Gujarat University to make best possible search for information regarding the Prime Minister’s degrees and provide it to ‘appellant’ Kejriwal.

The AAP chief had earlier claimed the Delhi University’s records showed that Prime Minister Modi had never enrolled in the university, contradicting the latter’s claim that he obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from DU. (ANI)

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