In poll affidavit, Smriti Irani says she is not a graduate

Baraulia, the village from which the deceased hailed was in the news during the general election campaign after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused Smriti Irani of distributing shoes to the village residents in order to insult Rahul Gandhi. PTI photo

Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani on April 11 submitted to the Election Commission that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University.

In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993. She has said she did not complete her Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) a three-year degree course from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning in 1994.

In her affidavit for 2014 polls, she had reportedly said she graduated from the university in 1994, triggering a row over the veracity of her claim, with opposition parties alleging she was not a graduate. This year, she has declared assets worth over ₹4.71 crore.

According to the affidavit, Irani has declared movable property worth over ₹1.75 crore. Her immovable assets are worth ₹2.96 crore, which include an agricultural land valued at over Rs 1.45 crore and a residential building of ₹1.50 crore.

In the movable category, she had cash in hand till March 31 totalling about ₹6.24 lakh besides over ₹89 lakh in bank accounts. She also has over ₹18 lakh in NSS and postal savings insurance and another ₹1.05 lakh in other investments. Irani has vehicles valued at ₹13.14 lakh and jewellery worth ₹21 lakh.

There is no FIR pending against her and she has not taken any loan. Her husband Zubin has movable property of more than ₹1.69 crore and immovable property worth ₹2.97 crore.