CHENNAI: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday challenged Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan, who is contesting from Coimbatore south constituency, to an open debate with the BJP’s candidate for the seat, Vanathi Srinivasan.
Speaking at Gujarati Samaj at north Coimbatore, Irani said she had participated in a debate with Kamal on a television programme.
“I challenge the one going around with a torch to an open debate with Vanathi Srinivasan. The debate will help voters identify which candidate knows about their issues, can offer solutions and implement policies,” she said.
Goddess Lakshmi is holding a kamal (lotus) in her hand and not a torch, said the minister, who addressed the gathering in Hindi and Gujarati. “Voting is a sacred duty.”
“Thanks to the BJP government, 1.25 crore drinking water connections were given in Tamil Nadu in the past two years. We sanctioned an AIIMS and 11 medical colleges for Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been implementing several schemes for the welfare of people,” she added.
Earlier, Irani participated in a two-wheeler procession in support of Vanathi. She rode a scooter and later performed dandiya dance.