Smriti Irani breaks silence over education controversy, says ‘judge me by my work’

"Extraneous circumstances have been created to deviate my attention from the work I have been given," said Smriti Irani.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2014 12:40 am
Ajay Maken had tweeted questioning Irani's appointment, claiming Smriti was not even a graduate. (Source: AP photo) Ajay Maken had tweeted questioning Irani’s appointment, claiming she was not even a graduate. (Source: AP photo)

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

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    RAJU
    May 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    very shameful for BJP.They don't have enough qualified people or what?
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      AGK
      May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am
      Since Smt.Smriti Zubin Irani was a fore runner in India-anese summit earlier, Kindly understand anese is difficult than Normal English. On The Feet of Lord Sree Venkateswara.
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        Desk
        May 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm
        Could a 12 p Education minister be a role model for promoting education? What message is going to students? Why work hard and even study when one can become an actress or a minister without proper education? I am a Modi Fan. I am not doubting her capability and commitment. Ok for her to be any other cabinet minister but she is not a right choice for education minister.
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          AzgarKeDost .
          May 29, 2014 at 11:46 am
          Uma Bharti supports falsifying your academic credentials
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            Binu Varghese
            Jun 3, 2014 at 4:00 am
            Why is Smriti Irani doing another Saans Bahu type of a drama.... she should just admit that she lied and hid this fact. That is just the simple way out. MOre drama, means more controversy. Modi should not forget that she is also a defeated by people person. If Congress had done this, the BJP would have created such a hungama and now they want everyone to keep quite. Saans bhi kabhi bahu thhi...
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              jay
              May 29, 2014 at 5:50 am
              let her work for at least 6 months..
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                Anil.Galgali
                May 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm
                Its very serious issue and how this new hrd minister talking like a school kids. If she not fraudulent then Why she not file case against the people who are targeted her on education qualification.
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                  Guest
                  May 30, 2014 at 4:10 am
                  Suppose a fellow received PG/ PhD in "Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization", how does it matter.It will have nothing to do in education.Governance matters. If education matters then What Kej-lal did ! in some Governments people without any science degree had become union S&T minister !!!
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                    Ashwini Kumar
                    May 29, 2014 at 8:50 am
                    Ok. you were very good as Tulsi.
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                      Kuttan
                      Jun 1, 2014 at 4:46 am
                      Do not compare driving with ministry. Indian Law does not require one to have any degree to be minister. Many school droputs have been able to create companies which can not be matched by others. So the argument is not logical.
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                        Leslee
                        May 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm
                        Morning shows the day. Ms. Irani as HRD minister is the biggest joke of the century from the world's largest democracy.
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                          Madhana Gopal
                          May 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm
                          I am curious to know what she has to say about the obvious contradictions in the educational qualification she had declared in her affidavits to the EC in the General elections 2004 and 2014. How did B.A. become B.?:eci.nic/GE2004_Affid...:affidavitarchive.nic...It is okay to have no degree and yet be a minister, if the person is really capable. Fancy degrees do not mean that a person is wise or intelligent. But to lie about one's qualifications is not okay.
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                            Ram
                            May 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm
                            Such big country, can not run with semi literate people.Acche din a e
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                              Manjunath T. M.
                              May 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm
                              Some of the universities, especially the south Indian universities, are crazy in decorating honorary doctoral degrees on film stars and politicians. We already had/have Dr N T Rama Rao, Dr Akkineni Nagashwara Rao, Dr Bhanumathi, Dr Raj Kumar, Dr Vishnuvardhan, Dr Srinath, Dr Jayalalitha et al., to cite only a few. A few of them may be already getting new ideas to end this controversy and win a favour. Further, there are also a few universities in Australia and other countries where doctoral degrees are awarded against handsome payments and quite a few business people have turned Dr so and so overnight. This is another option.
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                                vijai lugani
                                May 29, 2014 at 5:49 am
                                question is not whether smiti irani iws highly educated or not. india had got tradition that indian h.r.d ministers were very highly educated like dr, karn sig, m,c. chagla, maulan abudul kalam ajad, murli manhor joshi. k.j. shrimali . kapil sibal and so o.
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                                  naidu kare
                                  May 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm
                                  Modi could have easily avoided this controversy by name Nirmal Sitharaman as the HRD minister. She is capable and has the academic background too. But appeasment continues.... no matter even after congress lost
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                                    Naim Naqvi
                                    May 29, 2014 at 6:45 am
                                    You need integrity of character to lead. If you cheat, you can't lead. Why did you confuse the nation about your educational qualification? We are not questioning your untasted abilities in the field you have no experience. You are still a dark horse. We want to know why did you misinform? How he nation could trust you??
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                                      pushker
                                      May 30, 2014 at 8:24 am
                                      I am totally disagree with the statement made by congress leader about smiriti irani education. I think she should be judge by her work not by education. It is too early to say that she is not good for the position, at least we should give her some time to go further.
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                                        Robin
                                        May 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm
                                        Ok lets chuck all three out. Sonia, Rahul and Smriti for having lied in affidavit.Are you ok with it ?
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                                          Feku
                                          May 29, 2014 at 11:18 am
                                          Smriti Irani has set a very bad example by misrepresenting her qualifications to the people of India. BJP's retort about Sonia hi's qualifications lacks sense, as Sonia hi is neither the HRD minister nor has she misrepresented her qualifications. We cannot compare apples and oranges, and a question does not answer another question.
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                                            Feku
                                            May 30, 2014 at 7:58 am
                                            Would you appoint a driver who says that he knows how to drive but does not have a driver's licence? Going by your logic, we should appoint under-qualified, inexperienced, unskilled and dishonest candidates to all jobs in India, as qualifications are not needed. With Smriti Irani at the helm as HRD minister, I guess that candidates will be faking their certificates and misrepresenting their credentials!
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