Union Minister Smriti Irani Friday hit back at the Congress over its allegations that she "falsified records" of her educational qualifications, saying she will continue to work hard for Amethi no matter what its leaders say.
"In the past five years, there has not been any attack which has not been made against me by the Congress and its 'chele chapate' (stooges), nor is there any bad word or disrespect which has not been hurled at me," Irani said when asked to comment on Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi's swipe at her qualifications through a spoof on her hit TV serial.
"I have a message for them... as much as you try, I will work for Amethi against the Congress. No matter what you say, the more you harass me, the harder I'll work," she said, adding that the Congress supporters were targeting her because she was taking on the 'Namdar' (dynast), referring to Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier, Chaturvedi also alleged that Irani was misusing her influence and power as a Union minister.
"Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had been rubbishing Opposition's claim that she is not a graduate, yesterday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it," the Congress leader said.
In her affidavit filed during her nomination, Irani, who is contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, said she passed secondary school examination in 1991 and senior secondary school examination in 1993.
Irani has said she did not complete her Bachelor of Commerce (Part-I) -- a three-year degree course -- from Delhi University's School of Open Learning in 1994.
In her 2004 affidavit, she had claimed that she is a graduate.
There was a controversy when her 2014 affidavit contradicted her own claim.
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