“What a Cabinet of Modi? HRD Minister (Looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate! Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11,” Congress leader Ajay Maken wrote on Twitter (JPN/Agencies)
In her affidavit filed before the Election Commission, Irani has stated her last education as Bachelor of Commerce Part-1, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi-1994.
Irani's biodata at the Rajya Sabha website states ‘Educated at Holy Child Auxilium, Delhi and School of Correspondence and Continuing Education, University of Delhi, Delhi.’
Maken also said that the 45-member ministry was lackluster and lacked regional balance as well as administrative experience.
He said that the ministry can in no way be compared to the Congress-led UPA-I Cabinet, which had ministers like Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram, Natwar Singh, Arjun Singh, Shivraj Patil and Sharad Pawar.
Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, Maken said that he has not been able to appoint a full-fledged Defence Minister.
Maken said, "What a Cabinet of Modi? In almost every election speech he challenged China, Pakistan etc, but could not find a Defence Minister!"
He recalled that Modi had made Defence a key issue during the election campaign and made statements critical of China and Pakistan.
Maken also claimed that no Cabinet Minister has been inducted from Rajasthan to facilitate induction of Jaswant Singh in the Defence Ministry.
Jaswant Singh, who was expelled from the BJP few days before the Lok Sabha elections, had recently met party veteran LK Advani thereby fuelling speculations that he may rejoin the saffron party.
Maken said that there is ‘regional imbalance’ in Modi's ministry as there is ‘zero representation’ from a number of states like Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and six Union Territories.
"What a Cabinet of Modi? 10 States and 6 UTs unrepresented!" he said.
He said that Gujarat despite giving 26 MPs to the BJP could only get one MoS berth besides Modi as Prime Minister.
Maken also said that Madhya Pradesh has only three ministers even as 27 BJP MPs won from the state ruled by Shivraj Singh Chouhan while there is only one MoS from Jharkhand, where the BJP won 12 seats.
The AICC Communication Department in-charge also said that Modi’s government did not include many young faces unlike the UPA-II government in which a number of young ministers like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Agatha Sangma, Arun Yadav and others were inducted.
He claimed that over all Modi's Council of Ministers lacked administrative and political experience. Maken also disapproved of the clubbing of ministries.
In a restructuring of his Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday combined 17 related ministries into seven different groups, including some infrastructure departments, in an apparent bid to ensure synergy and better results.
“What a Cabinet of Modi? HRD Minister (Looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate! Look at her affidavit at ECI site pg 11,” Congress leader Ajay Maken wrote on Twitter