At a time when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has raised issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications, a new report shows that most chief ministers are either graduates or post-graduates.
The Association for Democratic Reforms, an independent electoral watchdog, found that 37 per cent of the 30 current chief ministers have declared themselves to be graduates, 14 per cent as “graduate professional”, and 30 per cent as post-graduates. Three per cent of each of the CMs are Class 10 pass and doctorate and diploma holders. In addition, 10 per cent of the CMs said they were “12th Pass”, as per their election affidavits.
The ADR report, which was published Wednesday, also found that 43 per cent of the chief ministers had declared serious criminal charges pending against them. All but one of the chief ministers – West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee – had assets over Rs. 1 crore. Banerjee’s assets as per her latest election affidavit were Rs.15.38 lakh.
Since the Gujarat High Court on March 31 set aside a Central Information Commission order asking Gujarat University to give Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal information on Modi’s degree, the AAP has taken the issue to the streets. Posters asking for the PM’s degree to be shown, its “Degree Dikahao” campaign, have been put up in Delhi, and AAP leaders have addressed press conferences asking questions about PM Modi’s BA and MA degrees.
Reacting to the High Court’s decision to not allow him access to the information, Kejriwal had said in a tweet: “Doesn’t the country even have the right to know how educated their PM is? They were opposed to showing his degree in court. Why? Those who demand to see his degree will be fined? What is happening? An illiterate or less educated PM is very dangerous for the country.”Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had hit back at the AAP chief, saying: “What Kejriwal is doing reflects his frustration. He is naturally frustrated as his government ministers are in jail on charges of corruption and being involved in a liquor scam. His comments are a consequence of this.”© The Indian Express (P) Ltd