Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday removed high-profile Smriti Irani from the Human Resource Development Ministry and gave her a low-profile Textiles Ministry.
This came as a shock to former TV actress-turned-politician, who was personally chosen by PM Modi to run the HRD ministry in 2014. While she was the chosen one from Modi himself in 2014, the decision was strongly objected by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The 2-year stint of Irani as HRD Minister brought the major controversies over protests in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in Delhi. Also, she was under the controversies when students protest over the death of scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad.
Reportedly, Smriti failed to win over the BJP’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS endorsed these changes to the council of ministers.
As per media reports, Amit Shah reached out to the RSS leaders to take their inputs.
Irani’s transfer to the Textiles department became the top trend on Twitter with the lead point of PM Modi’s extensive cabinet reconfiguration.
On the other hand, Javadekar as Environment Minister have left a some positive impact on PM and the Sangh Parivar leadership with his industry-friendly moves, carrying out of ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign in a mission mode.
He is also credited for bringing in the National and state Compensatory Afforestation Fund.
When compared to Javadekar, Smriti has mostly been in controversies either against Congress, Trinamool Congress or Left leaders besides occasional skirmishes with the Sangh Parivar elements.
There is a strong speculations that Smriti’s removal from HRD Ministry is not a punishment for Irani, she is likely to set up by the BJP for a large role in Uttar Pradesh next year.