Maken had on Tuesday questioned the education qualifications of Irani and tweeted that 'Irani who was heading the HRD ministry was not even a graduate.'
Following this, the BJP as well as other politicians criticised Maken for his statement. Abdullah too criticised the comment and tweeted-
To say that someone needs to be educated to be HRD Min is like saying one needs to be a pilot for Civil Aviation or a miner for Coal Min.
To say that someone needs to be educated to be HRD Min is like saying one needs to be a pilot for Civil Aviation or a miner for Coal Min.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 27, 2014
Meanwhile the BJP condemned the statement and said that 'it was unfortunate if such things are spoken about her.' Smriti Irani however has not yet commented on the issue.
BJP said that Narendra Modi has kept Irani's capabilities in mind and then appointed her as the HRD Minister.
Irani is the youngest in Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers and will be heading the HRD ministry that deals with the education sector.