Congress seizes opportunity and stages dharna at Jantar Mantar
GN Bureau | June 25, 2015
To recover from the Jitender Singh Tomar episode in degree scam, the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday said it will launch a nationwide protests and demanded the resignation of union human resources minister Smriti Irani in next the next three days.
The party also has also demanded the resignation of external affairs minister Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, and has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on Lalit Modi allegations.
"We give an ultimatum of 72 hours to the government for action against them. We had hoped Smriti Irani would be arrested by this morning. But that did not happen... If action is not taken against Irani in the next three days, then AAP will hold demonstrations across the country," said AAP leader Ashutosh.
He attacked the Prime Minister saying, "There are people holding important government posts who are under the scanner, and yet he is silent," and added, "His silence is making him Manmohan Singh part 2," a reference to PM Modi's predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh of the Congress.
Ashutosh said his party saw PM Modi as a "helpless leader controlled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh", the BJP's ideological mentor.
On Wednesday, a Delhi court accepted a complaint that Ms Irani misrepresented her educational qualifications. The court has set its next hearing for August 28.
Earlier this month, Tomar, accused of forging college documents and a law degree, was arrested in what AAP alleges amounts to political vendetta. The party said that Tomar was being investigated by a court for lying about his educational degrees and the action of the Delhi Police, which reports to the BJP-led Centre, amounts to gross over-reach.
The Congress party, meanwhile, staged a protest at the Jantar Mantar here on Thursday against Smriti Irani for providing false information about her educational qualification to the Election Commission of India.
"BJP should take action. Smriti Irani is the education minister and when Delhi University will conduct enquiry on her degree, then how can we be assured that the investigation will not be biased. That is why she must resign and that is our only demand," Congress leader Ajay Maken said.
"She should resign morally, instead of getting into legal fight," Congress leader Kiran Walia said.
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