Smriti Irani: News

Smriti Irani is the current Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development. She is also a MP representing Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, which was a Congress stronghold once. In 2019, she defeated former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi by a huge margin of 55,120 votes, which was called a surprising feat. In the earlier BJP government, formed in 2014, Smriti was the HRD minister, which was mired with controversies. She was then given the textile ministry, after which she was made the Information and Broadcasting minister. She is also an actress, who shot to fame in the role of Tulsi Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, her third TV series that spanned for 8 long years, from 2000.

20 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Voting concludes for the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections

The voting for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections—for 49 constituencies in six states and two union territories—recorded 47.53% voter turnout until 3:00pm.

19 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Polling kicks off for fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections

Polling for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections began at 7:00am on Monday.

19 May 2024


Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav forced to leave rally amidst chaos

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav were forced to leave a public rally in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday after a chaotic situation ensued.

09 May 2024

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Union Minister Smriti Irani invites Rahul, Priyanka to public debate

Union Minister Smriti Irani has challenged Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to a public debate after Priyanka claimed that the prime minister does not address pressing issues concerning the country.

06 May 2024

Congress Party

Congress's Amethi office attacked, cars vandalized

The Congress's office in Gauriganj area of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh was vandalized by unidentified people on Sunday around midnight, reports said.

03 May 2024

Rahul Gandhi

'Mother entrusted me with family's 'karmabhoomi'': Rahul after filing nomination

After filing his papers from Raebareli parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that it was an emotional moment for him to submit his nomination from a seat that was held by his mother for 20 years.

03 May 2024

Narendra Modi

'Congress has accepted defeat...': Irani on Rahul Gandhi's Amethi exit 

Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani has claimed that the Congress party's decision to not field a member of the Gandhi family from Amethi is an admission of defeat.

03 May 2024

Sonia Gandhi

Who is KL Sharma, Congress's pick for Amethi seat 

After weeks of deliberations and talks, the Congress on Friday nominated Kishori Lal Sharma for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, breaking the long-standing tradition of fielding candidates from the Gandhi family.

03 May 2024

Narendra Modi

Modi's 'daro mat, bhago mat' jibe at Rahul's Raebareli move 

After the Congress named Rahul Gandhi as its candidate from the Raebareli seat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a jibe at the opposition party's decision.

03 May 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul arrives in Raebareli with family to file nomination papers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday traveled to Raebareli on a special chartered flight to submit his nomination from the parliamentary constituency, which will go to polls on May 20.

24 Apr 2024

Robert Vadra

Posters featuring Robert Vadra surface in Amethi amid candidate suspense 

Posters featuring Robert Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, have surfaced in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, amid the suspense over Congress's candidate for the seat.

23 Apr 2024

Rahul Gandhi

'Jijaji ki nazar...': Smriti mocks Rahul, Vadra over Amethi candidacy

Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Smriti Irani on Tuesday criticized Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra over the uncertainty surrounding the Congress's Amethi candidate.

20 Apr 2024

Congress Party

PM Modi predicts Congress defeat in Wayanad after Amethi loss

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jab at Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, saying that in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, "Congress sahabzade" will lose from Wayanad constituency in Kerala after his loss in Amethi.

17 Apr 2024

Congress Party

'Will do what party decides...': Rahul Gandhi on Amethi seat 

Senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he will adhere to the party's decision regarding Amethi's candidacy for the Lok Sabha elections.

11 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Lok Sabha polls: Who are key faces in Uttar Pradesh

India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), is preparing for the upcoming general elections.

09 Apr 2024

Robert Vadra

Robert Vadra drops another hint at contesting from Amethi

Robert Vadra, businessman and husband of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, once again hinted at his potential entry into politics.

06 Apr 2024

Congress Party

'Delhi mein hugging, Kerala mein begging': Smriti Irani to Congress

Union Minister Smriti Irani took a dig at the Congress on Saturday regarding its electoral strategies.

05 Apr 2024


Smriti Irani talks about missed opportunities in acting career

Actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani is a prominent figure in both acting and politics. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development recently divulged details about her career choices.

04 Apr 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Robert Vadra vs Smriti Irani in Amethi? Businessman drops hint 

Robert Vadra, a businessman and the husband of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has hinted at a potential entry into politics.

03 Apr 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi holds roadshow in Wayanad, files nomination

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad, Kerala.

12 Mar 2024

Congress Party

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge may skip 2024 Lok Sabha contest

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge might not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, NDTV reported.

06 Mar 2024

Sonia Gandhi

Priyanka to debut from Raebareli, Rahul Gandhi to reclaim Amethi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to enter the electoral fray from Raebareli, NDTV reported, citing party sources.

19 Feb 2024

Samajwadi Party

SP offers 15 Lok Sabha seats in UP to Congress

The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday said it will allocate 15 of Uttar Pradesh's 80 Lok Sabha seats to its Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) partner, the Congress, per NDTV.

19 Feb 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Ahead of 2024 polls, Gandhi vs Irani in Amethi today

Union minister Smriti Irani is expected to start a four-day tour of her Lok Sabha constituency, Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, from Monday.

Section 144 in Bengal's Sandeshkhali after BJP workers-cops clash

The West Bengal government has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in seven gram panchayats of the state until Monday (February 19).

05 Dec 2023


Father will die soon: Son's post on AIIMS-Delhi goes viral

Fed up with long queues and running between counters at AIIMS New Delhi, an X user has detailed his struggles to secure a heart surgery appointment for his ailing father.

04 Nov 2023

Narendra Modi

Didn't even spare Mahadev: Modi attacks Congress over betting scam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the Congress Party of funding its Chhattisgarh assembly election campaign with illegal money earned through the Mahadev betting scam.

21 Oct 2023


Congress slams Smriti Irani for Global Hunger Index comments

The opposition slammed Union Minister Smriti Irani for questioning the credibility of the Global Hunger Index on Friday.

28 Sep 2023

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday, Mouni Roy: Revisiting actor's best TV roles

Mouni Roy has left an indelible mark with her remarkable TV career—breaking stereotypes along the way and ultimately conquering Bollywood.

11 Aug 2023

Rahul Gandhi

'Why would RaGa give flying kiss to buddhi?' Congress MLA

Amid the ongoing controversy over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani accusing Congress MP Rahul Gandhi of blowing a flying kiss toward her inside the Lok Sabha, a fresh row has erupted. This time, it is over a remark made by a Congress MLA from Bihar.

09 Aug 2023

Rahul Gandhi

Flying kiss row: BJP demands action against 'misogynist' Rahul Gandhi

After Congress MP Rahul Gandhi launched a tirade against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the debate over the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, BJP MP Smriti Irani accused him of blowing a flying kiss after his address.

09 Aug 2023

Rahul Gandhi

'You are not India': Smriti Irani attacks opposition bloc

The Lok Sabha witnessed a fiery exchange of words between Union Minister Smriti Irani and Congress leaders during the debate on the no-confidence motion against the central government on Wednesday.

20 Jul 2023

N Biren Singh

Manipuri women paraded naked: CM promises capital punishment for culprits

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has ordered an inquiry into the shocking video of two women being paraded naked by a group of miscreants.

17 Jul 2023

S Jaishankar

Jaishankar, O'Brien among 11 to be elected to Rajya Sabha

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien are among 11 leaders set to be elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.

07 Jun 2023

Ektaa Kapoor

Happy birthday, Ektaa Kapoor: Serials that made her 'TV Queen'

Ektaa Kapoor is the undisputed queen of Indian television. From saas-bahu dramas to light family entertainers, Kapoor has backed many TV serials. She also made acting careers of many popular names such as Smriti Irani, Ronit Roy, Sakshi Tanwar, and others.

30 May 2023

Narendra Modi

Eyeing 2024 polls, BJP begins 'khane pe charcha' in UP

After the successful "chai pe charcha" campaign before the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up for the new "khane pe charcha" or "tiffin pe charcha" campaign for the 2024 polls.

05 Apr 2023

Karnataka Election

Karnataka polls: Before Kichcha Sudeep, these were BJP's star campaigners

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly chosen Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep as the star campaigner for the upcoming Karnataka elections which are scheduled for May 10. Apart from Sudeep, the BJP has also deployed some of its best political heavy-weights in the poll-bound state.

01 Apr 2023

West Bengal

Smriti Irani slams Mamata Banerjee over Ram Navami violence

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday over the recent violence in the state's Howrah during a Ram Navami procession.

30 Mar 2023

Amit Malviya

BJP's Amit Malviya gets legal notice for defaming Congress leader

Amid Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell chief Amit Malviya has received a legal notice for defaming Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas.

25 Mar 2023


Highlights from Smriti Irani's appearance on 'The Slow Interview'

Model-actor turned politician Smriti Irani has seen it all.

15 Mar 2023

Rahul Gandhi

Parliament to witness stormy session as RaGa likely to attend

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is expected to attend the Parliament on Wednesday amid the Centre's demands for an apology from him for allegedly undermining the Indian democracy.

18 Feb 2023


Shah Rukh Khan, Ekta Kapoor attend Smriti Irani's daughter's reception

Union minister Smriti Irani hosted a lavish wedding reception for her daughter Shanelle Irani and son-in-law Arjun Bhalla in Mumbai on Friday.

17 Feb 2023

George Soros

BJP hits back after George Soros wades into Adani-Hindenburg row

Following billionaire investor George Soros's claim that the ongoing turmoil involving Gautam Adani's empire may pave the way for a democratic revival in India, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani responded to "foreign powers who try to intervene in India's democratic processes."

10 Feb 2023


Who is Smriti Irani's son-in-law Arjun Bhalla

Union cabinet minister Smriti Irani and her husband Zubin Irani's daughter Shanelle Irani got hitched to Arjun Bhalla in a lavish ceremony held at Khimsar Fort on Thursday (November 9).

09 Feb 2023


Smriti Irani's daughter Shanelle to get hitched in Rajasthan today 

The wedding season is currently going on in all its glory in India's favorite nuptial venue: Rajasthan.

20 Dec 2022

Ajay Rai

'Not unparliamentary': Congress's Ajay Rai defends 'latka-jhatka' jibe at Irani

Congress leader Ajay Rai on Tuesday defended his "latka-jhatka" comment against Union minister and Amethi MP Smriti Irani, claiming the words are not "unparliamentary" but "colloquial language."

30 Jul 2022


We own the bar: Goan family claims amid Irani row

A fresh element has surfaced in the controversy that linked Union Minister Smriti Irani's daughter to the alleged unlawful operation of a Goa restaurant and bar.

29 Jul 2022

Delhi High Court

Irani case: Delhi HC orders Congress leaders to remove tweets

Amid the ongoing illegal bar row in Goa, Union Minister Smriti Irani scored a big win in a defamation suit against Congress leaders.

28 Jul 2022

Lok Sabha

Ruckus in Lok Sabha over addressing President Murmu as 'Rashtrapatni'

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday slammed Congress for the alleged "undignified" remarks of its leader for President Droupadi Murmu.

24 Jul 2022


Goa bar row: Irani sends legal notice to Congress leaders

Union Minister Smriti Irani has sent a legal notice to Congress leaders over allegations that her daughter was running a bar on an illegal license in Goa's Assagao area.

23 Jul 2022


Smriti Irani's family restaurant receives notice over illegal liquor license

A posh Goa eatery, operated by Union minister Smriti Irani's daughter Zoish Irani, has made headlines for its contentious process of renewing a liquor license in the name of a long-deceased individual.

11 Apr 2022


Petrol, diesel prices remain unchanged for 5th consecutive day

The general public can breathe a sigh of relief as fuel prices in India remained unchanged for the fifth consecutive day on Monday.

26 Dec 2021


Smriti Irani welcomes future son-in-law through witty Instagram post

Smriti Irani, the Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, has some good news!

21 Dec 2021

Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha: Smriti Irani introduces bill on women's marriage age

Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday introduced the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha.

Professor jailed for derogatory comments against Smriti Irani on Facebook

A professor from Uttar Pradesh has been jailed for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Union Minister Smriti Irani on social media earlier this year.