In order to make wind out of sails, the Hyderabad MP and President All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday made his Bar-at-law degree public by displaying it before the media persons at Darussalam – the Headquarter of his party, and said, “This (degree) is my hard earning I achieved through blood, sweat and tears.”
“Tomorrow you may ask me to reveal my degree, however, I have placed it today before you people in advance,” Asad Owaisi said adding that “When the question rises about my degree, I must say that I have it with me. I was qualified in 1994 and got the degree next year in 1995. This is my degree always with me. You (Media persons) can have a copy of this if you really want to take the same with you.”
When asked whether he intended to ask PM Modi to replicate the same gesture by making his degree public, the AIMIM President replied that “I haven’t made any such demand and my gesture (to display the degree) came as a response to a query you people (media persons) posed before me.”
When asked about his opinion over the questions being raised over the degree secured by PM Modi, Owaisi said, “If someone asks me to show the degree I will reveal it right away. If you have it, you have it but if you don’t, it means you don’t have it.”
“Generally the candidates willing to contest elections need to mention the details like source of income, spouses, children and the properties they have as well as the degree the secure in the nomination papers being filed before the election commission,” he said adding that “I have displayed the degree possess by me the moment you people (media persons) ask me. Now, I am least bothered by anything.”
Taking a dig at PM Modi, the AIMIM Supremo said “The PM Modi was busy in finding a tiger in the forest to have a picture holding a gigantic camera in his hand. However, he hasn’t found any tiger, so far, in the jungle.” The laughter echoed in the corridor.
It is pertinent to mention here that the demand asking politicians to make their educational qualifications and degrees public has intensified after the Chief Minister Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal kicked-up a row by putting forth the same first before PM Modi recently.
The demand reached to Telangana all the way from Delhi when the BRS leaders in the state trade accusations with the BJP leaders and ask the MP Nizamabad Dharmapuri Arvind to make his degree public while the saffron leaders, in turn, reportedly target Education Minister P.Sabitha Indra Reddy of holding the portfolio of Education Minister without required minimum qualification.