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Smriti Irani may be under fire for discrepancies in her affidavit and may be facing a huge controversies because of her qualification (or lack thereof) to head the Human Resources Development ministry. But she has received support from unexpected quarters – Baa or her screen grandmother-in-law Sudha Shivpuri who starred with her in the long-running TV soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Sudha has sent her blessings and good wishes to the newly appointed cabinet minister whom she believes will carry out her duties with utmost dedication. The ailing theatre, film and TV veteran is recuperating at her residence in Mumbai after suffering a stroke in December 2013. She was even hospitalised for a little over two months but currently, she can't talk too much due to tracheostomy.
Yet, Sudha, 75, agreed to share her thoughts with IANS via her son in a telephonic conversation from Mumbai. "I have just sent her my aashirwaad (blessing) that 'khoob tarakki karo (achieve a lot of success in life)'. And call me. Wish you all the love and luck," she conveyed.
Smriti, a former model, Miss India contestant, TV actress and producer, ventured into politics in 2003 when she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On Monday, she was sworn in as a minister in the Narendra Modi government, and she has been entrusted with the Human Resource Development portfolio. Sudha said Smriti is "dedicated, hardworking and caring", she is "well informed", and has a "constant quest for knowledge".
"She used to keep reading something or the other all the time on the sets," said Sudha, who also shared screen space with Smriti in Maniben.com. "Smriti khoob bhalaa karegi' (Smriti will do a lot of good), and whatever she does, she will try her best to do it right and perfectly," she added.