Smriti's visit to astrologer raked up in Rajya Sabha

Smriti's visit to astrologer raked up in Rajya Sabha

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani’s recent visit to an astrologer in Rajasthan was raked up in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with a Congress member calling her actions “unscientific”.

Congress MP Shantaram Naik said in spite of her educational qualifications being challenged, Irani had done well as minister, but sought to corner her for challenging “scientific temperament”.

“I am pained to see you going to an astrologer... it challenges the scientific temperament as encompassed in the Constitution of India,” he said while participating in a debate on a bill on School of Planning and Architecture.

“(As a minister) you don’t have a private life. I am pained that you have visited an astrologer. What are you going to tell the students? To go to a fortune teller? The message you have given does not commensurate with the role you have been given,” Naik added.

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