For Amethi’s giant slayer, sky is the limit

The voters rewarded Ms Irani for her sustained efforts in 2019.

New Delhi: Smriti Irani, whose meteoric rise in the BJP saw her become the HRD and Information and Broadcasting Minister, is someone who would never give up.

After losing to Rahul Gandhi in 2014, she continued to cultivate Amethi in the past five years and this helped her reap electoral dividends — she emerged a giant-killer of 2019 by defeating the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his home turf.

Though the 43-year-old popular television actor-turned-politician lost in 2014, she had succeeded in bringing down the victory margin of Gandhi to only 1.07 lakh from 3.7 lakh in the previous election.

The voters rewarded Ms Irani for her sustained efforts in 2019.

Throughout her campaigning, Irani asserted that people of Amethi want change and development and will vote for Modi.

“Kaun kehta hai aasmaan mein suraakh nahin ho sakta,” tweeted Ms Irani, a line from a poem of famous Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar, soon after Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi and congratulated her on May 23. Days after her victory, she reached Amethi again on May 26.

This time to give shoulder to the bier of her slain election aide and BJP worker Surendra Singh. Irani had first contested a Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk in Delhi in 2004, but lost to Congress heavyweight Kapil Sibal.

She was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2011 and re-elected in 2017 for a second term.

The firebrand actor-turned-politician held portfolios of HRD, Textiles and Information & Broadcasting Minister during the tenure of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s maiden tenure from 2014-2019.

She often courted controversies, with the latest on her educational qualification stated in the affidavit submitted by her to the Election Commission while filing her nomination from Amethi. Filing her 2019 nomination, Irani said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.

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