Union minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said she would leave politics the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to hang his boots, though she asserted that he would be around for “long years”.
She was speaking at the Words Count festival here in a discussion titled ‘Scripting Her Story, From Star to Star Campaigner’.
“The day Narendra Modi decides to hang his boots, that day I will leave Indian politics,” she said.
“Narendra Modi made me an MP from Gujarat and during the MP elections for Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, he had proposed my name for candidature. When I seized the opportunity to serve as the HRD minister, nobody thought I was up to it except my leadership and when I was given textiles, I soon realised that implementation of several schemes was down by 10 to 20 per cent. We soon ensured that all schemes are implemented cent per cent and have a research centre at Ahmedabad where we assist ISRO in making satellites,” Irani added.
“For the last hour everyone, wants to know whether I will be contesting from Amethi. But since the event is titled Words Count, in this case, Amit Shah’s word counts,” Irani said as the audience cheered and clapped.
The minister replied in the negative to a query on whether the country would ever see a Pradhan Sevak Smriti Irani. She elaborated at length on why she entered politics. “I was very very lucky to work under a charismatic leader like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and am currently serving under Narendra Modi. That was my ardent desire and when the Pradhan Sevak Narendra Modi decides to hang his boots, that is the day I will leave Indian politics,” she said. She said she hardly knew she would serve in the Parliament when she entered politics.
“I decide for myself how much of my life I will give for my country, my society. In an independent country, if I cannot take a decision for myself, what is the use of that independence?” she said.