Question is being raised about the minister’s educational qualifications as she could not read out the message on Republic Day and the collector had to take over.
Bhopal: The educational qualification of Madhya Pradesh’s women and child development minister, Imtari Devi, is being questioned after she fumbled while reading the message of the Chief Minister at the Republic Day programme and the collector had to take over. The information provided by her about her educational qualifications in her election affidavits is ambiguous and contradictory.
According to the affidavit submitted by her during the recent assembly election, Imarti Devi has passed the Higher Secondary Examination of State Open Board from a government school in Bhind in 2009. The same information is provided in the 2013 election affidavit.
But in 2008, when she was elected MLA for the first time, she had mentioned in the affidavit that she had passed Higher Secondary exam from the Secondary Education Board but the year of passing was not mentioned.
When Bhaskar spoke to Imartri Devi about this, she gave new information and said that she had passed higher secondary from a government school in Bhitarwar in 2007, when she was a district panchayat member. Bhaskar talked with her on this issue:
Q: Questions are being raised on your educational qualification?
A: I was born in the village (Charbara, Datia), where there was no school. But I am not illiterate. I studied after entering politics.
Q: Your election affidavit mentions that you passed Higher Secondary from Bhind in year 2009?
A: No, I had passed Higher Secondary from Bhitarwar in 2007, when I was a district panchayat member. I never went to Bhind for studies.
Q: You live in Dhabra, why did you appear in examination from Bhitarwar?
A: I studied after joining politics. I passed Class 8 and 10 examinations privately.
Q: Then why could you not read out Republic Day message?
A: I was not well. It was difficult to stand for long. I could not read as I was having blurred vision.
Post of Cong leader’s wife stirs row
Rubina Singh, wife of senior Congress leader and sitting Congress MLA Laxman Singh, took a jibe at Imarti Devi. She tweeted: “How embarrassing that our respected minister struggles to read a few lines of a speech and makes someone else take over.”
Her post stirred a row in the Congress with a section of leaders asking the party leadership to take a note of it. Rubina later deleted her post when the issue threatened to snowball into a major controversy. Rubina Singh had earlier raised questions over her husband Laxman Singh being ignored in the formation of Kamal Nath ministry. Laxman is the younger brother of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh.