Reacting to the controversy surrounding her educational qualifications two days after it broke out, HRD Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani Thursday said she should be judged by her work, adding that “extraneous circumstances” had been created to deviate her attention from the job at hand.
“Extraneous circumstances have been created to ensure that my attention is deviated from the body of work I have been entrusted with,” Irani said. The Congress had questioned Irani’s ability to deliver as HRD minister since she is “not even a graduate”.
“I will request all of you that judge me by my work and I will not add anything to the statement I have made,” she said.
Irani’s educational qualifications had generated further controversy after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations in her affidavits in the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014.
Lalu, misa back smriti
PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and daughter Misa Bharti Thursday rallied behind Smriti Irani. While Lalu recalled how he was derided despite being a graduate and having an LLB degree, Misa said if a Class 12 pass can “understand nitty gritty of HRD Ministry”, there was no need for further education. ENS
At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.