‘Heavyweight’ Smriti Irani dominates social media conversations after quirky Instagram post

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Union Minister Smriti Irani may have made a relatively late debut on Instagram, but she clearly knows the art of reaching out to millions with quirky social media posts. Days after her splendid victory against Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Irani took to Instagram to share a throw-back photo of herself.

Smriti Irani
Photos Instagrammed by Irani

In the photos shared by the union minister, Smriti Irani could be seen in conversation with BJP MP Darshana Jardosh while sporting a printed sari. While the first photo has clearly been taken many years ago, she also posted a second more recent photo, with the same MP highlighting her physical transformation. She wrote, “Kya se kya ho gaye dekhte dekhte 🤦‍♀ when #thoughtfulthursday ‘weighs’ on you.” Her ‘weighs’ jibe hinted at her transformation from being slim and fit to her current size.

Her humour won her plenty of accolades among her millions of fans on Instagram. One fan wrote, “Your sense of humour on yourself is sooooo endearing! But u look gorgeous no matter what body weight! Those eyes aglow & that face PERFECT!” Another wrote, “With great responsibility comes great weight!” “Smritiji, proud on you being a BJP heavyweight defeating and capturing Amethi!!! Women power!!! Bravo!!!” commented another.

Irani was a popular TV actress before she took a plunge into Indian politics. She held several key portfolios in the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Modi’s second term, Irani has been given the additional portfolio of Women and Child Development in addition to the Textiles Ministry that she held before this year’s Lok Sabha polls.

She pulled off an electoral coup when she defeated Rahul Gandhi in his own bastion of Amethi last month. She had lost the same seat to Gandhi five years ago.

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