Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Sunday said that she will quit politics the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi retires from his political life
Speaking at the Words Count Festival in Pune, Irani said, “I will never become the prime minister. I take pride in the fact that I got an opportunity to work with charismatic leaders like late Atal Bihari Bajpayee ji and Modi ji.”
In a discussion titled ‘Scripting Her Story, From Star to Star Campaigner’, the minister confirmed that she intends to stay active in Indian politics for long, though the day PM Modi hangs his boots, she would do the same.
Answering the question about the scope of BJP winning the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Irani said that the public assumes that the incumbent Prime Minister won’t stay for long, however, they are mistaken and PM Mod would keep serving the country in the coming years too.
The Union Minister further said that whether she contests in the 2019 General Elections from Ameth in Uttar Pradesh would be decided by the party chief Amit Shah and she would hold her thoughts back on the issue.
“People were not able to recognise me in Amethi in 2014 but now they know who I am,” she added.
From the opposition party Congress, the party President Rahul Gandhi is set to contest from Amethi and Irani fought against the Congress chief in the 2014 general elections from the same district.
she would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, against Congress president Rahul Gandhi or not, will be decided by BJP president Amit Shah.
Talking about the menace of trolling on social media platforms, Irani asserted that she had been trolled not only by celebrated journalists and politicians but also by “anonymous denizens”.
The Minister also praised Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for their contributions and strength. “Without any additional support, they both have made a difference in Indian politics. They truly inspire me,” she added.