Smriti Irani’s ‘qualification’ sparks war of words, BJP asks ‘what about Sonia?’

The latest to join the wagon is Uma Bharti, who has questioned the qualification of Sonia Gandhi.

Written by Shobhit Sujay | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2014 1:03 pm

The appointment of TV actress-turned-politician Smriti Zubin Irani as the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister has sparked a war of words among many, including leaders of both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And though this war, like many others, began on twitter, it is not confined to it any more.

The latest to join the wagon is new Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, who has hit back at the critics of Irani, primarily Congress members, questioning the qualification of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Speaking to mediapersons after taking the charge of her ministry, Bharti said, “What was the qualification of Sonia Gandhi that she directed economist PM Manmohan Singh? Sonia should tell her MPs to keep quiet or give her own qualifications.”

Earlier on Wednesday, another BJP leader, Santosh Gangwar also hit back at the Congress, saying, “I want to ask Congress how educated Sonia Gandhi is”.

This attack by the ministers in the Modi government came amidst a series of attacks and counter-attacks on twitter over Irani’s HRD portfolio. Here are a series of tweets on the twitter war:

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  1. A
    May 29, 2014 at 5:29 am
    Give her a chance. A minister's job is leadership not expertise in the subject, though that would certainly be a huge plus point. She will have any number of eminent experts to guide her and contribute inputs. Her job is to get things moving in the right direction. I would prefer to wait for a year before judging her performance. I'm sure that, because of the lack of a graduate/post graduate degree, she will work even harder to prove her competence. All the best!
  2. M
    May 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    Bill Gates is a school dropout. didnt he build Microsoft. It is not the degree alone it matters but how you do the work. lets look at the work she would do and then question her on her work and not on qualification.
  3. C
    May 29, 2014 at 4:37 am
    I remember the story of Sonia hi's affidavit where she claimed she was a graduate. She retracted after Subraminum Swami challenged her. Before Congress raised the issue of Irani's affidavit, they should have introspected.
  4. H
    Halkat Swami
    May 29, 2014 at 2:14 am
    Forget India Becoming aSuperpower Now
  5. H
    Halkat Swami
    May 29, 2014 at 2:14 am
    You have no idea where thepowder and lipstick can take you
  6. K
    May 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    Kamaraj, erstwhile Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and for a while a king maker in national politics was not educated either! But the state prospered unlike and other and no corruption.
  7. M
    manoj kumar
    May 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    cong attack on smarti irani is unfotunatable !
  8. M
    Mahesh Kumar
    May 30, 2014 at 12:19 am
    please let us know what is the qualification of sonia & rahul hi,who were running this country
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