Smriti Irani dismisses move to textiles ministry by saying, 'Kuchh toh log kahenge'

New Delhi: Smriti Irani, who on Wednesday assumed charge as the Textiles Minister, took to a popular Hindi song to answer questions on being shifted from the HRD Ministry, where her tenure was marred by controversies.

A file photo of Smriti Irani. PTI

A file photo of Smriti Irani. PTI

Asked if the move was to give her more time to focus on next year's assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, she quoted a line from a popular Hindi song: "Kuchh toh log kahenge logon ka kaam hai kehna" (people are bound to say things because it is their job to say something).

Irani, who had a successful stint as a TV actress, plunged into politics and fought unsuccessfully against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In a move that surprised many in the political circles, Irani was assigned the HRD portfolio after the BJP-led NDA came to power in May 2014.

Updated Date: Jul 06, 2016 18:10 PM

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