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PM Modi's degrees are 'fake', tracked down a namesake, claims AAP

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed it can prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied about his educational qualifications and that he does not hold a Delhi University degree as he had claimed.

After urging Delhi University to post Modi's degree on the website, AAP alleged that these documents did not exist and no "Narendra Damodar Modi" passed out of the university's 1978 batch.

AAP claims to have tracked down the degree certificate of a "Narendra Mahavir Modi" from Alwar, Rajasthan, who passed out in the year of PM Modi's graduation.

Modi's namesake confirmed to NDTV that he was in Delhi University during 1975-1978 and Union Minister Arun Jaitley was his senior. "It is a lovely coincidence that I am also called Narendra Modi...it is a matter of pride for me," he told NDTV.

In his affidavit for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Modi had said that he finished his bachelor's degree from the Delhi University in 1978 and an MA degree from the Gujarat University in 1983. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has ordered the Delhi University and Gujarat University to provide information about his degrees and GU is seeking a legal opinion in relation to the CIC's order.

First published: 6 May 2016, 6:54 IST