Smriti Irani: The bahu on small screen makes it big in Modi ministry

Married to businessman Zubin Irani and having one son and a daughterm, Smriti Irani lists reading as her past-time.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2014 7:51 pm
A former National President of BJP's women's wing, Irani now holds the position of Vice President in the party. A former National President of BJP’s women’s wing, Irani now holds the position of Vice President in the party.

From being one of the most popular faces on the small screen to taking on Rahul Gandhi in a high-profile Lok Sabha poll battle in Amethi, Smriti Irani’s induction in the Narendra Modi ministry represents a crowing glory in her political career.

Having acquired fame as a TV actress in ‘saas-bahu’ soap opera, she continued to under spotlight after she switched over from TV to politics and fought two tough electoral battles in the last ten years including one against Congress heavyweight Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk in Delhi in 2004.

As BJP’s candidate from Congress bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh where she took on Rahul, Irani fought one of themost high profile electoral contests of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. She lost but not without putting up an impressive fight that saw Rahul’s margin of victory to just
over a lakh.

A former National President of BJP’s women’s wing, Irani now holds the position of Vice President in the party.

Irani was born in Delhi and had her education in the national capital before she shifted to Mumbai and became a household name because of her role in the TV serial “Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” for her portrayal of the character of Tulsi.

Married to businessman Zubin Irani and having one son and a daughterm, Smriti Irani lists reading as her past-time.

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    Goyal
    Jun 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    Smriti Irani is great human being, a fighter for justice and equality. I am a great fan and admirer of hers and never miss any speech she makes. She is a smart, intelligent and a decent human being who impresses everyone with her sound knowledge of issues involved. No one can face up to her. I am in the process of contacting her in regards to some contribution I wish to make about school education in India. I pray for her long life and offer my best wishes for her health and happiness. I have listened to her talking in parliament and making speeches at other functions. I am always struck by her depth of knowledge, her grasp of issues involved, and her abiding belief in Indian values.
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    Devin
    May 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    Smriti should focus on defeating Rahul Khan. EIther Rahul khan runs to another seat or lose the election in 2019. She should do door to door campaign starting now itself. She should focus on the development of this consuency.
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    Umesh Khanna
    May 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm
    Smiriti is smart , articulate and being groomed ,, so a good choice Asifa Khan would be a good choice too but she is heading another imp cell , which need utmost importance right now
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