BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday again complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for initiating action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi for again faking her educational qualifications in the Lok Sabha website claiming a certificate course from Cambridge University. In the reminder letter, Swamy urged that the Speaker must “censure” Sonia for the repeated fraud. Two months ago Swamy filed a complaint to Birla about Sonia Gandhi for again making fake claims on Cambridge University qualification the Lok Sabha’s Who is Who page.
In his detailed three-page complaint with documents, Subramanian Swamy pointed out that in 1999, based on his complaint the then Speaker Manohar Joshi sought an explanation from Sonia Gandhi and she admitted that it was a “typing mistake”. He urged that the Speaker must call the records and seek an explanation from Sonia why she again faked her educational qualifications and must censure her repeated offence.
Sonia Gandhi had primary education from Italy when she landed in London for a job and she got a job in the Canteen near Cambridge University where she met Rajiv Gandhi and became his wife.
“My request, therefore, is that it a very simple matter of verification based on my earlier complaint to Speaker Manohar Joshi, which can be recalled. Therefore please take appropriate action to rectify the record of Parliament. In our country, the education qualification is highly valued and obtained after a lot of effort. Hence, our culture has given such high value to educational qualifications. Hence in the interest of maintaining the dignity of Parliament please censure Ms. Sonia Gandhi if appropriate if it is found my allegation is well-founded as per past records of the Speaker’s Office,” said Swamy to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Swamy’s full three-page complaint with the document is published below this article.
Sonia Gandhi’s fake Cambridge education qualification controversy
After becoming a first-time MP from Amethi in 1999, Sonia Gandhi claimed in her election affidavit and Lok Sabha website that she is having a Degree from Cambridge University. Subramanian Swamy went to the University and got a reply that there was no such student studied at Cambridge University. After his complaint, Sonia Gandhi excused that it was a typing error and her actual educational qualification was a few months English Language certificate from an Institute named Lennox Cook School near the University. As per records this small English language certificate providing Institute shut the shop in 1966. Those days people coming from Italy and other non-English speaking countries to obtain English speaking certificate. Actually, Sonia Gandhi had primary education from Italy when she landed in London for a job and she got a job in the Canteen near Cambridge University where she met Rajiv Gandhi and became his wife.
Swamy pursued the case up to Supreme Court where then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan urged Swamy to “show large heart” pointing out that she admitted it was a “typing error.” Now Swamy again raked up the controversy after Sonia Gandhi again claimed Cambridge University certificate in the Lok Sabha’s Who is Who page.
The detailed letter of Subramanian Swamy is published below:
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