Smriti Irani was shifted from the key HRD ministry to the Textiles portfolio and replaced by Cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar after the cabinet reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers. Considering how everyone loved to hate the Irani and her controversial decisions, the Twitterati had a field day with this announcement.
Whether it was the amusing portfolio option, the ‘dear’ fiasco and the aunty outrage, no slur was spared. Social media denizens took this opportunity to take a few jabs at Javadekar as well. Some even dismissed the whole cabinet expansion as a vote-garnering exercise.
The conversations also included the much-discussed JNU row and the suicide of Rohith Vemula controversy. Many tweets also claimed that the BJP was saving face by moving Smriti to this less significant portfolio.
Smriti also received some support from a minority of the social media populace, with many stating that there is potential in the textiles portfolio and that she could even be a key face in BJP’s UP campaign. Whether Smriti was affected by this announcement or not remains to be seen, but she promptly deleted her HRD minister tag from Facebook and Twitter nonetheless.
Here’s the best of all the social media reactions to the reshuffle:
संघी हाफ पैंट को full करना है
Dearमाँ के पास HRD न है तो क्या,कपड़ा मंत्रालय तो है
संघी नमक खाया है,जहाँ रहेगी वहीं अदा करेगी।#ByeByeSmriti
— Kanhaiya Kumar (@kanhaiyajnusu) July 6, 2016
They either wanted to put her off controversies or Put TEXTile ministry into controversies.Her TEXTing cud still b trolled #ByeByeSmriti
— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshi85) July 6, 2016
— ☕ Tea Freak ☕ (@BhopaliChai) July 6, 2016
Don't think @smritiirani has been 'demoted'. She could be key face in BJP UP campaign. So watch this space!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 5, 2016
Maximum government. Minimum governance. #ByeByeSmriti
— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) July 6, 2016
In Hindsight, Smriti Irani shouldn't have said 'Judge me by my Work'. Her boss just did
— Joy (@Joydas) July 5, 2016
From Text Books to TextTiles. From Students Union Protests to Trade Union Protests. The battle ground has shifted!#ByeByeSmriti
— Navin Khaitan (@navinkhaitan) July 5, 2016
Among all this I am thinking whether the official mail informing her about the removal will have Dear Smriti or just Smriti #ByeByeSmriti
— Piyush (@LazyLekhak) July 5, 2016
— Salman Zafar (@salmanzafar1979) July 6, 2016