The day Modi hangs his boots, I will quit politics: Smriti Irani

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 4 February 2019

“I came into politics to work under charismatic leaders and I am blessed to work under the great leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and currently under the charismatic leadership of Narendra Modi,” Smriti Irani said.

PUNE: “The day Pradhan Sevak Narendra Modi decides to hang his boots, I will leave politics,” said Smriti Irani, Union Textile Minister, during the Words Count, 2019 on Sunday in the city.

“I came into politics to work under charismatic leaders and I am blessed to work under the great leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and currently under the charismatic leadership of Narendra Modi,” she said.

Irani was in conversation with Advaita Kala, curator of the event, in the segment titled ‘Scripting her story from Star to Star campaigner’.

Talking about the ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ she said that the BJP alliance has worked for the people, who will come in ‘scores and hoards and give us the opportunity to serve them once again’. 

She remained non-committal about where she would contest from in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, and when asked if she would fight from Amethi again, she said, “Some people asked during 2014 elections, ‘who Smriti’, I am sure that in 2019 they know who I am.”

When probed again, she said, “Word counts and Amit Shah’s word counts most on this.”

Talking about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement on farmers loan waiver after Rajasthan elections win, she commented saying that four generations of Congress couldn’t give manure to the farmers of Amethi.

“A rack of manure was offloaded for the first time in Amethi when Narendra Modi government came to power,” Irani added.

On Priyanka Gandhi’s foray into politics, Irani said, “I think in the independent country, it is Mrs Vadra’s right to be part of the politics.”

Censor Board of Film Certification chief and noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi was also present at the event and delivered a lecture on ‘Musings of Our Times’.

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