New Delhi: Since her stint with the NDA government as the Human Resources and Development Minister, Smriti Irani has been garlanded with a string of controversies, mostly being the exchange of verbal onslaught the HRD minister has not shied away from. When the Modi government announced in its big cabinet reshuffle that Irani’s office will be transferred to that of textile, the fish-bone was apparent.
A source close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that the government had long taken cognizance of the way Irani was muddled in controversies and the way she dealt with them. Her penchant for generating controversies had led to constant quarrels with BJP party chief Amit Shah.
One of the biggest controversies that crept up during her tenure was an unrest that spread around prominent universities across the country. The Kanhaiya Kumar controversy saw the government on sticky wicket, and though Irani staunchly defended her stance, a lasting damage had already been done.
A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader professed that due to Irani defending herself in times of trouble by taking the ideology of the sangh, the government had been needlessly brought in to defend her.
While some interpret this move as ‘demotion’ of the HRD minister, others have claimed that it is the Modi government’s objective of improving the textile economy which had been the primary motive behind the move.
Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, has been brought in as replacement of Smriti Irani as the HRD minister.