Five months after her astrologer Nathulal Vyas of Bhilwara, Rajasthan, predicted that Smriti Zubin Irani will be the president of India in five years, Smriti, it seems, would need more than just astrological interventions to please the gods of the Sangh parivar. In the 11 months she has been a Union minister, and reportedly a favourite with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, everything that could have gone wrong for the 39-year-old leader did. It’s not just in the BJP that she faces opposition; the RSS leadership doesn’t want to indulge her anymore. Sources confirm that she’s “on her way out from the Union cabinet” and “very soon”.
What could have irked the Sangh leadership so much? After all, she was a minister who went into quick and frequent huddles with representatives of the RSS and activists from Sangh outfits working in the field of education. Sources close to the Sangh leadership in Nagpur say, “Smriti Irani clearly lacks basic understanding of the ideological concerns on the issue of education. She doesn’t know how important the HRD ministry is for the Sangh. In fact, for the Sangh, the HRD is the most important of all ministries.” Perhaps Smriti forgot to brush up on the Sangh’s concerns and interests in education.