My son asked me to fight it out, says Smriti Irani


Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said she was not deterred by the legal notice sent to her by the Congress for attacking its vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi.

Speaking at a media conclave in Lucknow, the BJP leader disclosed that the legal notice sent to her was received by her 13-year-old son.

Irani said when she asked her son what needed to be done, he suggested that she should fight it out.

Amid a round of applause, she revealed, “My son first went through the legal notice and then said ‘lada jaye’ (let’s battle it out).”

Irani also alleged that the Congress had tried to browbeat her apparently thinking that she was a woman. She remarked, “They should realise that women of this country are not so meek and would rather fight it out.”

She, however, refused to comment on the foreign trip of Rahul Gandhi. It was for the Congress to take an interest in such matters, the minister added.

Irani expressed, “When I was a television actor, I did not know that one day I would be a union minister. I live in present and would like to be known as a good HRD minister.”

When asked to respond on the possibility of her being named as the chief ministerial candidate by the BJP for Uttar Pradesh, Irani said she had never aspired for any post and instead believes in life as it comes.