Congress on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues, latching on to the controversy surrounding newly-inducted minister of state for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria over his graduation marksheet.
Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh called Modi as “Indian pied piper” who “takes credit of all the things which he hasn’t done”.
“First Minster HRD and now MOS HRD has given Fraud Mark Sheet! On top of it RSS wants to change the Text Books and Indian History,” Singh said on Twitter.
AICC communication department chairman Ajay Maken said in his tweet “BJP-Gift to the Nation Education Min filed wrong Affidavit: MOS allegedly forged MarkSheet! Modi’s #Clean Politics ?”.
Both the leaders while attacking Katheria also referred to the degree controversy surrounding human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani sometime back.
Irani was then alleged to have provided contradictory affidavits of her educational qualifications to the Election Commission.
Katheria sworn in as the minister of state for HRD in the Union Cabinet on Sunday is in the thick of a controversy after it was charged that his graduation marksheet was fake. The minister has, however, strongly denied the charge against him terming it a political conspiracy.
Digvijaya Singh also slammed the BJP for “taking support of MIM” in Maharashtra and claimed the saffron party will benefit if MIM contests elections in Delhi. He said that “religious fundamentalists of majority and minority” are two faces of the same coin.
Two MLAs of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) had abstained from voting against the Devendra Fadnavis government of BJP there.
“BJP gets support of MIM in Maharashtra and now MIM would be contesting in Delhi. Who would gain if MIM fights in Delhi? Obviously BJP!
“Aren’t Religious Fundamentalists of Majority and Minority two faces of the same Coin ?,” Singh said in his tweets.
Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking credit for all things not done by him, Singh said, “Modi is a great Communicator, with excellent Marketing Skills but Master of Double Speak. An Indian Pied Piper ?”
He added “Modi in India and throughout his Campaign said Congress has done nothing in 60 years but takes Credit of all the thing which he hasn’t done!
“Bhakra Nangal other Dams Power Projects Navratna PSUs IITs IIMs are products of his Vision. Through Land Reforms he gave Land to the Tiller.”
Minister Katheria says ‘will quit if found guilty’
Under attack for allegedly forging his graduation marksheet, Union minister of state for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria offered to resign if proved guilty even as Opposition parties stepped up their tirade against him.
Congress and BSP attacked him over the controversy while BJP defended him saying he is a victim of “political vendetta” and the matter dates back to the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh.
“I can say if it is proved that there is any forgery in my marksheet, not only will I resign from the post of minister but also as an MP,” he said.
A case was filed in 2010 against Katheria in Allahabad high court by his rival BSP candidate charging him with forging his marksheet. The court has, however, referred the matter to the sessions court in Agra, which will hear it on November 26.
Congress mocked at and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the row involving the minister saying the “master” does not seem to be in control.
Linking the issue to an earlier controversy about HRD minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications, Congress spokesperson Salman Khurshid sarcastically said, “There is something called a talent pool and one picks people for a particular job, the best suited candidate is chosen. In this case, it seems those who have maximum human resources have been picked for the job.”
Asked if it amounted to a criminal offence, Khurshid said, “If he (Modi) listens to me, I should certainly demand but I have a sinking feeling that he will not listen.” He also demanded an answer from the Prime Minister on the issue.