DELHI: Controversies seem to keep dogging HRD minister Smriti Irani.
Even before the "no German in classroom" fire could be doused, the
minister's visit to an astrologer has once again pushed her into
headlines. All through Monday, TV channels ran stories of Irani meeting a
Rajasthan-based astrologer who reportedly predicted she would
eventually become President of the country.
The story also said
the astrologer had rightly predicted that even if she lost the 2014 Lok
Sabha polls, she would become a minister.
Along with her
husband Zubin Irani, the minister had on Sunday gone to visit Pandit
Nathulal Vyas at Karoi village in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. According to TV
reports, in her four-hour long meeting with Vyas, Irani reportedly asked
several questions on her political and personal future and also thanked
the astrologer for his correct prediction.
allegations of giving in to demands of right wing groups while
formulating policies in her ministry, the development has only given
fresh fodder to her detractors.
HRD minister Smriti Irani.
Not surprisingly, the minister was livid to find the visit making news.
"I realize I contribute to your TRPs and I am glad I could be of help,"
she said sarcastically to reporters of TV channels seeking her
reaction. "What I do in my personal life doesn't come under
responsibility of media. I appreciate your efforts to keep me in the
headlines," Irani said.
There were varied reactions to the
visit from the political class. While JD(U)'s Ali Anwar quipped that
even those without hands had a destiny, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said
astrology is a 'shastra'.
Congress leader Rajeev Shukla,
however, gave a measured response. "I think 80% of politicians approach
astrologers and astrologers approach them. So, why do you single out one
lady? Let her go," he told TV channels.
Smriti Irani with her husband Zubin and son. (TOI file photo)
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