Union Minister Smriti Irani excoriated the Congress party on Friday over its daylong personal attacks against her on her educational qualifications.
Appearing live on a primetime edition of The Debate with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, the BJP leader, who will once again be taking on Rahul Gandhi in his own bastion of Amethi in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, extolled how because of her, one Congress leader had been made to run - referring to the Congress president also choosing to contest from Kerala's Wayanad - and another had been taught to sing.
The latter was in reference to Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi who had attempted to mock Smriti Irani during a press briefing on the matter, choosing to do so by the means of a parody rendition of the title track of the iconic Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi show by which Irani had catapulted to fame around the turn of the century and become a cultural phenomenon.
On Chaturvedi's distortion of the show's title track, Smriti Irani addressed the viewers and said, "All those who are a party to all the bad singing today, God bless you, I hope you went back with your tune intact."
"That was really bad singing," Smriti Irani quipped.
It had been a hectic day of campaigning in Amethi for the minister on Friday, though hardly her first.
"I will be available in every nyay panchayat to meet every voter. That is the respect I give the voters of Amethi," she said, comparing her efforts with that of her opponent whom she referred to as an "an absentee MP who didn't find time enough even after nomination to come here and spend time in every village in Amethi because he doesn't find them worthy of his time."
The Smriti Irani versus Rahul Gandhi contest is one of the most high-profile battles of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, scheduled to take place on May 6 in the fifth phase of the elections. It also entails a round 2 of what had been witnessed in 2014 as Rahul Gandhi narrowly won in a seat that is tantamount to a Congress heirloom by a 4:3 vote margin. In the five years since, Smriti Irani has visited Amethi numerous times over various issues of development.