With a year left in her Rajya Sabha term, Smriti Irani causes mystery with her Gujarat tweets


With a year left before her term expires, Textile Minister Smriti Irani has curiously made some tweets expressing gratitude to the people of Gujarat, the state she represents in Rajya Sabha.

Irani, who was recently shifted from the high-profile HRD portfolio, said that in the last five years as an MP, she has been “fortunate” to have got immense support from BJP leaders and people across the country.

The minister, who was elected five years ago, started a series of tweets but gave no indication what prompted her to take to the micro-blogging site on her tenure in the Rajya Sabha.

“On August 19, 2011 I got the opportunity to serve the nation in my capacity as Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from the Gujarat state.

“It has been my privilege to have been able to reach out to the people of Anand & resolve their problems in whatever capacity I could,” Irani wrote.

“I specially express my gratitude to people of Gujarat, particularly Anand which is my nodal district as Rajya Sabha MP from the state,” she said.

In the tweets, Irani shared snapshots of the welfare and civic work undertaken by her in Anand district during her tenure.

“Providing water and conserving the same along with ensuring clean surroundings has been the top priority in Anand,” she tweeted.

Irani had unsuccessfully fought against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Her latest tweets will give rise to all kinds of speculations about her future career move. Gujarat goes to polls next year and the BJP’s poll fortunes appear to be fast dwindling. The party had recently removed Anandiben Patel, who Modi had appointed as her successor before moving to Delhi.

(With PTI inputs)