Sunday, June 08, 2014

Smriti Irani - HRD Minister

Millions of arguments…. this week on Smiriti Irani… who is she? What’s the problem? Let’s have a detailed look at:

Smriti Zubin Irani (née Malhotra, born 23 March 1976) is an Indian politician and former model, television actress and producer. She represents the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India.

Smriti was born in Delhi to a family of Punjabi–Bengali background, and was eldest amongst three sisters. Before finding modeling stardom, she worked as a waitress at McDonald's. She studied up to class 12 at Holy Child Auxilium School and discontinued further education

Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2003. She became vice-president of the Maharashtra Youth Wing in 2004.In the 2004 general elections for the 14th Lok Sabha, she contested unsuccessfully against Kapil Sabil from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi. She was nominated as executive member of the central committee of the BJP. In December 2004, Irani threatened to "fast unto death" until then Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi resigned, blaming him for BJP's electoral losses. However she later retracted this demand after BJP's central leadership threatened to take action against her. In early 2010, Irani was appointed as the National Secretary of BJP and on 24 June, she was appointed as All India President of the BJP's women's wing, BJP Mahila Morcha. In August 2011, she was sworn in as a Member of Parliament from Gujarat to the Rajya Sabha.
Irani contested the 2014 general elections against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi held the seat with a reduced margin of victory of 1.07 lakh compared to 3.70 lakh votes in the previous 2009 election.On 26 May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed her as the Minister of Human Resource Development in his cabinet. At 38, she was the youngest member of the cabinet.