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Smriti Irani dismisses allegations of promoting BJP-linked academicians

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:22 IST

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on 20 July, dismissed allegations that academicians with links to BJP and RSS are being selected for various posts. The Minister also said she was a victim of "selective outrage".

Promotions made during UPA regime

  • Pointing the gun towards Congress, Irani said that the academicians including the new Chairman of Indian Council of Historic Research, Y Sudarshan Rao, were, in fact, promoted during the UPA regime.
  • Irani said that Rao was made a national professor by the then HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
  • She also said that the Chairman of National Book Trust Baldev Sharma was the editor of a daily. "There are several such people appointed by the government who were there during the Congress rule too," Irani said.

On Teesta Setalvad

  • Irani rejected contention that Setalvad was her opponent, saying her political opponent was Rahul Gandhi.
  • She said Setalvad was dropped from the Central Advisory Board of Education, besides other members nominated during the UPA regime, as it was "right of the present government to pick a new board".
First published: 21 July 2015, 12:28 IST