Sharing the traumatic experience her children were put through due to political failures, Union Minister and Amethi's MP-elect, Smriti Irani on Friday, shared that her younger school-going kids survived the ordeal due to her eldest daughter, in an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
"My eldest daughter Shanelle 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 said.
She also spoke about being labelled as 'uneducated' and how her children's good performance in their board exams had made her proud.
"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. 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.
Apart from her kids, Irani also spoke about her origins revealing that she wanted initially to be a journalist but destiny had something else in store.
"When I was 17 years old, I had tried to become a reporter... I was a stringer for a few months. I have done every kind of work that is possible. You can't chart out your destiny," she said.
In the interview, Irani touched on a number of topics like the Modi Tsunami, Amit Shah's success, her own origins, nepotism, Amethi's faith in her and others 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 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 charperson 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.