I will work harder against Congress in Amethi: Smriti Irani responds to jibe by Congress

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said that the Congress party has not given up on a single chance to pass ‘derogatory’ remarks on her in the past five years.

She said, “In the last five years, the Congress leaders did not leave a single chance to insult and pass derogatory remarks about me. I only have one message for them: the more you insult me, the more you attack me, the harder I will work against Congress in Amethi,” as reported to ANI.

These comments came in the wake of Congress attacking her as she declared in her affidavit that she had not graduated. The former Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister announced that she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993, adding that she failed to complete her Bachelor of Commerce – Part 1, a three-year degree course from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning in 1994.

Smriti Irani will be contesting from the Lok Sabha seat of Amethi going face to face against Rahul Gandhi and received heavy backlash from Congress for her educational qualifications.

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Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi took a jibe at her and said, “A new Hindi serial is going to come – Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi. It’s opening line will be Qualifications ke bhi roop badalte hain, naye-naye sanche mein dhalte hain, ek degree aati hai, ek degree jaati hai, bante affidavit naye hain. (Qualification versions also change, get moulded in new forms, one degree comes and the other goes, new affidavits get created).”

Earlier as well her educational qualification has roused controversy back during the 2014 poll. Smriti had claimed that she graduated from the Delhi University in 1994, triggering a huge controversy. At that time, the Opposition had claimed that Smriti was not even a graduate.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh started on April 11 and will end on May 19. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.

Polling will be held in Amethi on May 6 during the fifth phase of the General elections.

(with inputs from ANI)

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