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March 1, 2016

Smriti Irani in soup again: 'Arrogant' minister misbehaved with Aligarh Muslim University VC, wants to shut AMU's outstation centres!

Union minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) Smriti Irani who has been in the midst of several controversies, has landed herself in another soup.

Irani allegedly misbehaved with Zamiruddin Shah, the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) over the decision to set up AMU campuses in other states, say reports.

The incident had occurred sometime ago, when Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy led a delegation to meet Irani's office.

Irani reportedly expressed her displeasure over the opening of the AMU's campuses in other states. When Vice-chancellor Zamiruddin Shah, a former army official, came into her chamber, she shouted at him, and asked with whose permission the centres were opened.

This shocked the delegation members, not just because of the tone and tenor but also the manner in which she yelled. The decision to set up AMU's centres in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal, was taken during UPA regime.

The minister refused to offer any assistance to AMU and even asked who pays the salaries--the HRD ministry or Kerala government, leaving the delegation members in a state of shock and disbelief with the manner she conducted herself.

English newspaper Milli Gazette has reported the entire incident, quoting an insider who was part of the delegation. She said that there was no legal sanction for it and that all such centres will be closed down, claimed the report.

Smriti Irani, an embarrassment for Narendra Modi government

The Union minister has been landing in one controversy after the other. Her role came in for sharp criticism in the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad central university, recently.

Irani's ministry had written several letters to University, which resulted in Vemula's expulsion from the University. Also, in Parliament, she made a fiery speech that was later criticised and she was accused of lies. The Opposition plans to bring privilege motion against her.

TIH Bureau

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