Smriti Irani pays Rs 100 to cobbler for getting slippers repaired

The Union Textile Minister's slipper strap had snapped as she alighted from a flight to address a session at Isha Foundation, BJP sources said.

By: PTI | Coimbatore | Published:November 26, 2016 8:17 pm
International Textile Manufacturers Federation, textiles, jaipur textiles meet, Rajasthan textiles meet, global textiles meet, Smriti Irani, news, latest news, India news, national news Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani at the Make in India Summit, Tuesday. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday paid Rs 100 to a cobbler in Coimbatore for getting her slippers repaired and the latter, who had demanded only Rs 10 for the job, happily put in additional stitches on it with the incident going viral on the social media. The Union Textile Minister’s slipper strap had snapped as she alighted from a flight to address a session at Isha Foundation, BJP sources said.

She was looking for a cobbler and found one near Perur, around 16 kms from the airport, on her way to Isha Foundation. Irani, along with Tamil Nadu BJP general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan, got off the vehicle. She handed over the slipper to the cobbler and sat on a stool. The cobbler asked for Rs 10 for the stitching job. Irani placed a Rs 100 currency note near his cash box and said, “Change venda (change not needed),” repeating what Vanathi told her.

The cobbler put in a few additional stitches on the Union minister’s slipper. The incident has gone viral on the social media with the netizens appreciating Irani’s gesture.

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    indian
    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm
    This is a news story?
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      Jajji
      Nov 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm
      She never gone to replace the notes to bank than from where sheh got the hundred rupees note. It also shows that was not hard earned money
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        shakeel
        Nov 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm
        For sure the cobbler don't have change like millions this is face saving this is not news shame on those who are twisting facts
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          Vedic_Citizen
          Nov 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm
          Why to waste space on such silly news!
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            SubbuI
            Nov 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
            THIS ARROGANT WOMEN IN KOIMBATORE.ISHA FOUNDATION? SOME THING IS AMISS. GOA WITH WELINKAR.BANDARPUR WITH THATTE GURUJI, KOIMBATORE WITH JAGGI VASUDEV- AND THIS LADY IS OUT OF LIME LIGHT FOR QUITE SOME TIME EVEN IN DEMONETESATION GADBAD.FIRST THIS NOTORIOUS LADY WAS WITH ASARAM BAPPU IN GUJTATH PRE 2013. MAY BE SHE ATTRACTS OR ATTRACTED BY BABAA AND BAPPUS.SHAMELESS WOMEN
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              arun dass
              Nov 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm
              AAP kejri , Congies,mamata Choni should learn from Smriti Irani.....I am waiting for the return of my hard earned Rs 50,000 /- fromcmamata ban. she has cheated this money by a chit fund......
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                c
                Nov 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm
                C p Chandra das from Memphis , USA lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is definitely good news in the present scenario. The liberal payment for stiching the chap pals Speaks well about the minister. There is the other side as well. It is well known that small change is not currently available in the market. If the cobbler had said, that he had no change, that would have been bad news for the party in power at the Natiinal level. The party representative ably managed the situation. she told in Tamil to the minister and the minister said CHANGE VENDA to the cobbler.lt;br/gt;Wonderful presence of mind!
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                  gita
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 7:19 am
                  She. has always been humble
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                    roby mani
                    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:18 am
                    Black in the hands of the Minister getting converted to white in the hands of the cobbler. Currency is neither white nor black it is the hands in which it is, which makes it either black or white.
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                      Meraj Muzaffar
                      Nov 27, 2016 at 5:57 am
                      Not expecting from Indian Express to publish this type of News.Since last several months ,observing that Indian Express unable to maintain its stature.
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                        g
                        Nov 26, 2016 at 10:31 pm
                        Is this news?
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                          satwinder singh
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                          so does everyone else
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                            Raman Vr
                            Nov 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                            Appreciate the self respect of the cobbler, He put additional sches to partly compensate the excess amount.
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                              Shashi
                              Nov 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm
                              Is this news?
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                                sunny
                                Nov 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                                hahah news that shook the world
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                                  ProdyotPran
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm
                                  Hey, where is the picture of the union Minister seating on the stool near the cobbler?lt;br/gt;That picture is worth a billion rupees.lt;br/gt;I would love to treasure that picture and exhort others to emulate her.lt;br/gt;High thinking but, simple living.lt;br/gt;You are setting great example, Smritiji.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Can IE post that picture?
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                                    ProdyotPran
                                    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm
                                    seating=seated*lt;br/gt;(apologies for the unintended mistake)
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                                      terry lunga
                                      Nov 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                                      so is is the news???can u also tell what color bra she was wearing that day???dont degrade like TOIlet paper
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