Smriti Irani evasive to queries on whether she is BJP’s CM face of UP polls

HRD Minister Smriti Irani
HRD Minister Smriti Irani

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani turned evasive when asked about media reports that she was the BJP’s CM candidate in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections slated for next year.

Although the faces of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party’s CM candidates are clear, the BJP is yet to decide on a likely candidate for the top post in the state. More than six names are doing rounds in the BJP, but the most striking of them all is that of Irani.

“Party leaders and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president will decide the CM face. But it is a chance for us. I am a party worker. I will be happy if the party gains majority in UP,” she said.

She visited the Amethi parliamentary constituency on 26 May. Taking a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi when asked if he was a threat to the BJP in the upcoming polls, Irani said he was a threat to his own party.

On 26 May, several Union ministers, BJP leaders and party workers were seen travelling across UP, emphasising the government’s achievements.

With assembly polls due next year, none of the political parties, regional or national, are missing any opportunity of gaining political mileage.

Irani added, “That the party supporters have risen to three lakh from 30,000 in a mere 20 days is proof of the fact that people want change.”