From Degree to Dear or Protest to Twitter wars, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gives a clear message to his council of ministers that controversy is no substitute for good work by removing his one time specially chosen high-profile Smriti Irani from the crucial Human Resource Development Ministry and gave her the responsibility of the low-profile Textiles Ministry.
This is being viewed as a rebuff as Irani, a Rajya Sabha member, was hand-picked by Modi to run the HRD ministry in 2014 despite the move getting red flagged by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
However, Irani’s tenure has been marred by major controversies over protests in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in Delhi, the students protest over the death of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad and her fake degree.
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The former TV actress-turned-politician has been mostly in controversies either against Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left leaders besides occasional skirmishes with the Sangh Parivar elements.
Besides found engaging in heated exchange of words with opposition members in Parliament, Irani did not quite go well with RSS leaders too.
Sources said during their both formal and informal consultation process, Smiriti Irani was not quite easy to deal with.
However after Irani’s demotion in Union Cabinet, the congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that she was a disaster as HRD minister.