Mangalagiri YSR Congress candidate Alla Ramakrishna Reddy could be in trouble for discrepancies in mentioning details about his educational qualifications. In the affidavit filed in 2014 elections, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy has mentioned that his highest education qualification is Master of Arts in Political Science from Mysore Open University, a two-year course.
His other education qualifications are Diploma in Printing technology from M.I.P.T, Pune. Interestingly, Ramakrishna Reddy's master's in political science certificate is given without any bachelor's degree. Any university or educational institution in India doesn't give one a master's degree or certificate unless he or she has done a bachelor's degree. On the other hand, Mysore Open University does not exist as there is only Karnataka State Open University which offers a political science MA which was recognised by the UGC in 2017-18 only.
On the other hand, Ramakrishna Reddy's 2019 affidavit, the most recent one filed with Election Commission, omits the Political Science Masters which he claimed in 2014. The 2019 affidavit only mentions his highest educational qualification as having a 'Diploma in Printing Technology from MIPT, Pune'. It is learnt that the YSRCP Mangalagiri candidate could have removed his "fake" MA certificate after the Supreme Court passed an order in 2016 stating that a candidate can be disqualified from contesting if he or she fakes about their educational qualifications.
Alla Ramakrishna Reddy is a strong contender for the Mangalagiri assembly seat which is being contested by IT Minister and TDP's Nara Lokesh. Alla is the sitting MLA from Mangalagiri and hence, the TDP will pounce on this opportunity to get as much mileage as possible by making his "fake MA degree" an issue. However, one still wonders whether he could be eligible for disqualification if TDP takes this to the notice of the Election Commission or takes the legal route. But, the real question is will this make a difference to the people in Mangalagiri constituency? We are yet to see.