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Mumbai's Congress man Sanjay Nirupam jumps into Smriti Irani row: Disapproves her appointment
The new education minister of the country Smriti Z. Irani is in the eyes of controversy since the day she took charge of her office. It was Congress leader Ajay Maken, who threw a jibe on Irani while comparing her educational qualification and the nature of the portfolio she had been allotted i.e. HRD ministry. Maken got some surprise support from none other than Madhu Kishwar, a journalist who is known as staunch supporter of PM Narendra Modi.
Now political outfits have moved ahead of Smriti Irani's educational qualification, and now they are targeting her for mentioning two different educational status in her election nomination papers that she filed in 2004 and then in 2014.

In 2004, she declared herself as a graduate from Delhi university, while in 2014 she identified herself merely as a first year student of undergraduate correspondence course.

In this debate of misrepresentation of facts by Smriti Irani and whether is she fit to handle HRD ministry, yet another Congress leader has joined in. Former Congress Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai Sanjay Nirupam, who had created a controversy by making personal attacks on Smriti Irani during a TV debate in January 2013, has opposed the appointment of Irani as HRD minister while saying that in the wake of the nature of the ministry she is not fit for the portfolio.

“The prima facie issue which is being raised by the Congress Party is very valid, Uma Bharti is a 6th standard fail lady, Congress party is not bringing up her degree issue, because she is going to look after water resources department, so education qualification is not required over there. But as far as the HRD ministry is concerned, of course the one who is going to head the education ministry, her or his educational qualification should be above any suspicion. This is because an HRD minister has to interact with the vice-chancellors, IIT directors, IIM directors, academicians for the work,” said Sanjay Nirupam while speaking to merinews.com. 

The Congress leader, who faced defeat in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls, added that HRD ministry should have been given to a leader who has at least some average education.

“That kind of ministry has to be given to someone whose academic career is not very brilliant but should be at least above average. The new government has given the post to such a person, who is not clear even about her own educational qualification. Her affidavits are contradicting each other.”

In Indian constitution nowhere it is mentioned that to become an MP or MLA, a political leader should possess any minimum educational qualification. So when the same MPs or MLAs become ministers, why such a hue and cry? Shouldn't it be a good move if the government makes appropriate amendments in the Constitution and prescribe some minimum educational qualification to become MPs and MLAs.

Surprisingly, the Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has a different take on this particular point of introducing a minimum education criteria for political leaders to become MPs, MLAs.

He said, “No, it is not necessary to have a minimum qualification to become MP's or MLA's. Because the constitution of India has not prescribed any educational qualification. There are people who are school drop-outs and they have performed very well in the public life. Starting from Kabir to Steve Jobs. So, we do agree and accept that, education is not important to excel in any field. Any minister who is not well educated but has in good experience for running a government can.”

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