Smriti Irani’s splendid rise: From wannabe Miss India to cabinet minister (see pics)


New Delhi: From promoting beauty products, to contesting the Miss India beauty pageant, to becoming the country’s most sought after ‘bahu’, and now set to be sworn in as a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet – 38-year-old Smriti Irani’s life has been a saga of meteoric rise to fame and success.

A star in her own right, Smriti’s political journey started in 2003 when she joined the BJP which has just pulled off a landslide win in the 16th parliamentary election by winning 282 out of the 543 contested seats.

Although she couldn’t win when she contested the 14th Lok Sabha polls as the BJP candidate from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi – being defeated by Congress candidate Kapil Sibal – she became a prominent and articulate face of the party on television.


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