Smriti Irani educational qualification has been one of the most controversial issues in the last five years since she was made the Education Minister after BJP came power in 2014. She had alleged back in the day that she had a degree from Yale but admitted in her election affidavit that she is not a graduate. The Congress on Friday called out on her for "falsifying record" and faking her educational qualification. Dubbing Irani a "serial liar", the party alleged that she should be disqualified for forging her educational qualifications and submitting contradictory affidavits to the Election Commission (EC).
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi also accused Irani of misusing her influence and power as a Union minister saying that she is guilty of an offense under Section 125A read with Section 33 of the Representation of Peoples Act.
Chaturvedi then further mocked Irani by singing a parody of the opening lines of her the famous serial Irani acted in, 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’(The mother-in-law was once a daughter-in-law) by saying "Kyunki Minister Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi"(The minister was once a graduate).
However, Irani hit back at the Opposition party for mocking her by saying that no matter what allegations are levied against her, she will work against the Congress in Amethi in the ongoing Lok Sabha election.
On Thursday, she had submitted to the Election Commission that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University. In her affidavit filed during her nomination, she said that she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993 and that she didn’t complete her Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) — a three-year degree course — from Delhi University's School of Open Learning in 1994.
Back in her affidavit for 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.
At an event, she had claimed that she had a degree from Yale University praising her leadership skills which again had no official proof document submitted to the Election Commission. However, according to Scroll, she later explained that she was among of a group of 11 MPs who had gone to Yale to undergo a crash course in 2013, but the explanation wasn’t bought by the opposition party.