TDP MLA from Vijayawada West constituency, Jaleel Khan, whose video went viral after he claimed that hestudied Physics, as part of as part of the course for his BCom degree, has responded to the criticism.
Speaking to The Hindu, he said, "I studied matriculation and passed with second class. Later I joined the SRR & CVR Government College to pursue PUC (Pre-university course). After getting a chance to do business I discontinued PUC."
In a video that had earlier surfaced on the internet, as part of a larger interview that the MLA did with iDream News, the interviewer asked the legislator what he studied during graduation.
"BCom," came the prompt reply, following which the interviewer asks him if he was passionate towards commerce, or if he had any aspirations to become a chartered accountant.
"Nothing like that. I was interested in Maths. I was interested in Physics. So, I took it," he says.
Khan is then seen arguing with the interviewer for a minute on how Physics is part of the course, before realising his error and covering up.
When The Hindu asked him about it, Khan said, â€œThe interviewer asked me if BCom was not needed to do business. I replied that I scored good marks in Physics, Chemistry, English and Maths in Matriculation and had said I was interested in pursuing B.Com but moved to business...The first dialogue between us was removed and only the second one was leaked."