Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who is facing allegations of possessing a fake degree, on Thursday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of waging a malicious campaign against him and said he was prepared to resign if asked by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).
Tomar squarely blamed the BJP for conniving to sully the image of AAP and talking to scribes over the matter, said, “BJP has used its full force for the past one year for fabrication, tampering of records. (The) matter is sub-judice now.”
The Delhi minister claimed he had the confidence of his party in the entire controversy. “Meri party mein kisi ko koi dikkat nahi hai, meri party, mere neta ko pata hai ki mai theek hu. (No party member sees any truth in the allegations. My party and its leader know that I am not wrong),” Tomar told.
Tomar has rejected all charges of any wrongdoing and refused to step down. “Mere neta mujhe isteefa dene ko kahenge to mai isteefa kya jaan bhi de dunga, saazish karne wale saazish karte rahein. (I will resign and even sacrifice my life if my party leader asks me to. Conspirators can do what they want),” he added.
Tomar has met and written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and given an explanation over the whole issue.
In his letter to Kejriwal, Tomar said, “As it was getting clear that he (Nand Kishore Garg) was likely to lose his seat (assembly election), he started resorting to dirty tricks to malign my name. When nothing else seemed to work, he filed an election petition in High Court raising questions with regards to the authenticity of my graduation and law degrees.”
Claiming the documents furnished by Garg are “incorrect”, Tomar said, “Garg runs a couple of universities in Delhi as well as Himachal Pradesh and due to his contacts with other universities, he has been able to obtain certain documents by citing incorrect particulars. These incorrect documents have been cited as evidence in the election petition.”
The Opposition, meanwhile, upped the ante against Tomar and Kejriwal as it demanded action against him. The BJP and Congress accused Kejriwal and AAP of adopting “double standards” on the issue of corruption.
Responding to a petition which alleged that Tomar had enrolled himself as an advocate on the basis of a “false and bogus” degree, the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar had on Monday submitted an affidavit in the Delhi High Court stating that his provisional certificate was “fabricated”.