After winning Amethi, Smriti visits SiddhiVinayak, walks barefoot for 14-km
A few days after her historic win in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, Smriti Irani walked barefoot for 14 kilometer to Mumbai's SiddhiVinayak Temple. She was accompanied by her close friend and famous producer Ekta Kapoor. The results for Lok Sabha elections were declared on May 23 and Irani became the giant-killer after defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi by over 55,000 votes. Here's more.
Kapoor made Irani a household name with "Kyunki..."
Irani became a household name after playing the famous character of Tulsi Virani in Kapoor's Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Since then the two have shared a close bond which is not hidden from the industry or their fans. So, when they decided to walk towards the famous Ganapati temple, it didn't come as a surprise. Notably, Kapoor shared snippets of their journey.
Kapoor shared videos and pictures on Instagram
Before starting the journey, Kapoor shared a video and told her followers that Irani was all set to walk towards the temple barefoot. Later, the producer shared a post on Instagram and in the caption she wrote, "14 km to Siddhi Vinayak ke baad ka glow(sic)." Notably, Kapoor's son, Ravie, also joined the duo on their temple visit.
Here's what Kapoor shared on Instagram
From television's bahu to giant-killer: Looking at Irani's journey
In 2003, Irani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. She fought her first general elections in 2004 against Congress' Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk constituency. Although she lost, she became a formidable force in the party. In 2014, Irani showed she doesn't shy away from challenges. She fought against Rahul in Amethi but lost by a margin of over one lakh votes.
Irani created history, won Congress' loyal constituency
Despite losing, Irani didn't ditch Amethi and as a result, citizens chose her over Rahul. Interestingly, Amethi has essentially been the bastion of Gandhi family and was represented in Lok Sabha by Rahul's father Rajiv Gandhi too. Post-victory, Irani quoted Dushyant Kumar's poem and tweeted, "Kaun kehta hai aasmaa me surakh nahinho sakta" (Who says you can't drill a hole in a sky).
Kapoor had been rooting for Irani's win
Rishton Ke bhi Roop badalte hain, naye naye saanche Mein dhalte hain, Ek peedhi Aati hai Ek peedhi jaati hai... Banti kahaani Naayi 🕺🏻🕺🏻🕺🏻🙏🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/Xcp6sLJT2K— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) May 23, 2019