12 April 2019
New Delhi: Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani, who is contesting against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections accompanied by by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
In a 2004 affidavit, she had claimed that she did her BA in 1996 from Delhi University (School of Correspondence) while filing her nomination from Chandni Chowk in Delhi, but during 2019 nomination filing, she goes on to state that she did her “Bachelor of Commerce Part – 1 (Three year degree course not completed)” through the “School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi,” in “1994”.
In 2014, she had stated the same in her affidavit with a little change in words.
The main question arises from Irani’s 2004 submission which differs on three counts with the present submission. First, that she had completed her degree. Second, that she did so in 1996. And third, that her subject was arts.
All the subsequent affidavits stated she completed only one year of study and her course was Bachelor of Commerce.
Smriti Irani is contesting against the Congress President Rahul Gandhi for a second time. In 2014, despite a Modi wave, she lost to Gandhi by a margin of over 1.07 lakh votes.
Amethi is considered a bastion of the Congress. The seat has remained mostly with the Congress since 1980.
The parliamentary seat of Amethi was first represented by Sanjay Gandhi between 1989-81. After his death in a plane crash, his elder brother Rajiv Gandhi represented the seat till 1991.
After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, his wife Sonia Gandhi contested from the seat in 1999 and won. Since 2004 the seat is being represented by Rahul Gandhi.
Voting in Amethi is scheduled on May 6 in the fifth phase. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.