MINISTER of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, appears to be perpetually in a mess. She is forging ahead on her mission alone but that is not the way of politics which is all about walking together. She does not believe in bowing to diktats.
The television actor must have derived her skills by stealing the show in hit teleserials. No wonder she is a loner. She has been seen exiting the Lok Sabha to stand in the gallery, expecting journos or MP colleagues to greet her. One day, she stood in the corridor of Parliament for half an hour, fiddling with her phone. Surprisingly, nobody disturbed her. According to party sources, Irani is not on cordial terms with either BJP Chief Amit Shah or his confidants. According to the grapevine, there was a plan to remove her from the ministry. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha was poised to take charge of the Human Resource Ministry but the plan was scuttled from the top at the last minute. Clearly, Irani has mentors in the right places despite being a newcomer in the party.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 2 | May 2015