Amethi, Apr 12 : Reacting to Congress' statement after they had alleged Smriti Irani of falsifying records of her educational qualifications, the Union Minister and BJP candidate from Amethi Smriti Zubin Irani said that she will respond by working harder for the people of her constituency where she is challenging Rahul Gandhi.
She said, "In the past, there were several attacks on me and the workers of Congress had even abused me. But I have never looked at them not cared about what they are saying'.
Refusing to react directly on her education controversy, she asserted that every Congress worker was annoyed with me as I have challenged Rahul Gandhi.
Congress leaders have demanded from the Election Commission(EC) to take action against Smriti Irani for giving fake education detail in the past elections.
"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 Ms 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, on Thursday accepted that she enrolled for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did not complete it," the Congress leader said.
The Union minister and BJP candidate for Amethi Lok Sabha seat, Irani on Thursday submitted to the EC that she did not complete her graduation from the Delhi University.
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.
Ms 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 was a graduate.
There was a controversy when her 2014 affidavit contradicted her own claim.