New Delhi: A day after she was shifted to the not-so-happening textile ministry in a cabinet reshuffle, Smriti Irani downplayed the rife speculations regarding her role in upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh quoting a famous Hindi song: “Kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna” (people are bound to say things because it is their job to say something).
The change in portfolio of the high-profile minister was seen with keen eyes by the sceptics, who—in the attempt of deciphering the implication of the ‘demotion’—linked it up with next year’s polls in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, where Bharatiya Janata Party is bent on defeating the regional forces.
However, at least for now, Ms Irani seemed to be having eyes only on her new assignment. “It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream to boost the textile industry. I look forward to working with it,” she said, stressing that it was a great opportunity since the Centre had announced a special package of Rs 6,000 crore for the apparel segment.
She took to Twitter earlier today to thank PM Modi and officials from the HRD ministry for their consistent support.