NEW DELHI: On her first day in office as Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani, who is youngest member of the Narendra Modi Cabinet was targeted by the Congress over her educational qualifications.
It all started with a tweet by Congress leader Ajay Maken, who triggered a massive controversy by pointing out Irani’s apparent lack of educational qualifications.
Maken said, “What a Modi Cabinet! HRD Minister (looking after education) Irani is not even a graduate! Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11!.”
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was briefing media on the decisions taken at the maiden Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi,condemned the statement while replying to pointed question on the issue. He said that Smriti had been given the portfolio by Modi on the basis of her “capabilities”. “It is very unfortunate if he (Maken) has said this. The way she (Irani) speaks in Parliament, both in English and Hindi, and her leadership ability are before the entire country. It is because of these qualities that the Prime Minister has given her this responsibility,” Prasad said.
Earlier in the day after taking over as HRD Minister, Smriti got down to business saying that all efforts would be made to fulfil the promises made in the party manifesto such as setting up of a comprehensive national e-library and a Central University on Himalayan technology.