Fresh off her win from the Gandhi bastion of Amethi, Union Minister, and Amethi's MP-elect, Smriti Irani on Friday, has spoken on the questions raised on her educational qualifications and how it has affected her children, in an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
"I had told my children after that experience that they should get a good percentage. As I am termed as 'uneducated', the world should not label you as uneducated. It has been the toughest on my kids. My husband has stood by me rock-solid, bearing a lot the brunt," she said.
Expressing the fear she felt as a parent about her kids being targetted for her failures, Irani added that her younger school-going kids survived the ordeal due to her eldest daughter.
"My eldest daughter has helped the others cruise through this. Both my kids left Mumbai and came to Delhi. The viciousness somebody might bring to their classroom has taken me aback as a parent. That somebody could get their political beliefs into a classroom and humiliate your kids if you lose a portfolio was new to me," she added.
Speaking about the success her kids achieved in their board exams during her campaign, she expressed her pride in her children's achievements by the fact they thrived in Delhi.
"The fact that my kids survived all that and when I got their results in the thick of the campaign, I know what my kids went through. I am more than proud that they survived this better than me. My kids and husband survived Delhi and Delhi survived me," she said.
In the interview, Irani touched upon a number of topics like the Modi wave (dubbed 'TsuNaMo'), Amit Shah's success, her own origins, nepotism, Amethi's faith in her and more, a day after decimating Rahul Gandhi in the polls.
Earlier on Thursday, Irani won Amethi (49.71 percent votes) by a vote margin of 56,036 votes against Rahul Gandhi who came to a close second with 43.86 percent votes. Amethi is a Gandhi bastion and has been held by the Gandhi family since 1980. Sanjay Gandhi won it in 1980 and had been held by Rahul Gandhi's father late former PM Rajiv Gandhi from 1981 to 1991. It had then been held by another Congress MP before UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi held it from 1999-2004. From 2004 to 2019, Rahul Gandhi had held his family bastion. Congress has won just one seat in Uttar Pradesh (Rae Bareli) in the Lok Sabha polls 2019.