Pune: Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani has made it clear that her political life depends on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At an event here on Sunday, she said she would quit politics the day PM Modi chooses to retire. (Also read: ‘Ye Public Hai, Sab Jaanti Hai,’ Says Irani)
She also refused to elaborate on whether she would contest elections or not. “For the last hour, everyone wants to know whether I will be contesting from Amethi. But since the event is titled Words Count, in this case, Amit Shah’s word counts,” she was quoted as saying by a leading daily.
Elaborating on why she entered politics, Irani reportedly said, “I was very very lucky to work under a charismatic leader like Atal Behari Vajpayee and am currently serving under Narendra Modi. That was my ardent desire and when the Pradhan Sevak Narendra Modi decides to hang his boots, that is the day I will leave Indian politics,” she said.
She added, “Narendra Modi made me an MP from Gujarat and during the MP elections for Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, he had proposed my name for candidature. When I seized the opportunity to serve as the HRD minister, nobody thought I was up to it except my leadership and when I was given textiles, I soon realised that implementation of several schemes was down by 10 to 20 per cent. We soon ensured that all schemes were implemented cent per cent and have a research centre at Ahmedabad where we assist ISRO in making satellites.”
On how the BJP focused on development work, Irani said, “We are not the Congress party. We present our leaders to the nation which then tells us who it will bless. As for announcing who after Modi – that is out of the question as he is going to be there for a very very long time.”
Referring to Priyanka Gandhi as Mrs Vadra, Irani said ours was an independent country and all were free to choose for themselves.
Lauding her party’s role in supporting 33 per cent reservation for women, Irani said ticket distribution was based on the winnability of the seat.
To a question about the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Irani said that earlier also, when the ‘elephant sat on the cycle, it got punctured’.