Smriti to be kicked UP-stairs?

Smriti to be kicked UP-stairs?

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-28 22:09 Bengaluru: Sources in Delhi indicate some major changes in the government and the ruling BJP party at the Centre soon. With Amit Shah getting a second term, a reshuffle of the central ministry is likely, and the surprise packet is likely to be Smriti Irani quitting the Cabinet to be nominated as the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate in upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly election scheduled next year. According to sources in the government, Smriti Irani’s exit from the Union Ministry of Human Resources is imminent. Her position as minister has become untenable after the suicide of University of Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula. The BJP think tank plans to hit two birds with one stone. Smriti is likely to be dropped from the ministry in order to assuage the anger of the dalit and backwards communities in the light of Rohith’s suicide. At the same time, she is likely to be nominated as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh to ensure that neither she nor the BJP lose face over the Rohith Vemula episode. The BJP has no clearcut candidate to project in Uttar Pradesh to counter the SP’s youthful Akhilesh Yadav, or BSP’s formidable Mayawati. Smriti will be pitted against Mayawati. Smriti has been visiting UP often in the recent past, mainly to Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi constituency, and has been projected as BJP’s counter to the Congress crown prince. But these visits to Amethi have given Smriti adequate exposure in Uttar Pradesh which the BJP seeks to encash. Smriti is an excellent orator both in English and Hindi. According to sources, a staunch RSS supporter expected to replace Smriti Irani at the Human Resource Development Ministry.