You will become president one day: Astrologer to Smriti IraniNovember 24, 2014
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was told by a Rajasthan-based astrologer on Sunday that she would be the President of India one day.
The minister was on a visit with her husband Zubin Irani to Karoi village in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, where she met Pandit Nathulal Vyas. The same astrologer had predicted a bright career and big post for Irani in her political career before she became a minister in the NDA government. The minister thanked the astrologer for his correct prediction.
The astrologer also reportedly told Irani on Sunday that she will become the President of India one day, to which the HRD minister expressed her unwillingness.
"I don't have any astrological chart," said Irani on Monday.The minister spent 4 hours at the astrologer's home and asked him several questions about her future.
An interesting story from Irani's past goes that an astrologer had once dismissed her of having any good future and doing something worthwhile. The budding television actress had confidently told the astrologer to check on her 10 years down the line.
Irani, who has often been accused of pandering to right-wing groups calling for a revision of India's education system, may have given further fodder to her detractors.
JD-U leader Ali Anwar was immediate to quip - "The next time I meet her I will recite this couplet:- Haathon ki lakeerno par itna na eitbar kariye / naseeb unka bhi hota hai jinke haath nhi hote. (What's the use of depending on a few mere lines on the palm / People who do not have hands also have fates) It is not right that the person who should be campaigning against superstitions, the same education minister is spreading myths."
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, on the other hand said - "Astrology is a shastra and anyone is welcome to believe in it. There's no need to make a mountain out of a molehill."