When a minister visits a cobbler...

L N Revathy Coimbatore | Updated on January 15, 2018

BJP minister Smriti Irani getting her footwear stiched at a cobbler shop in Coimbatore. Photo credit: S G Suryah

For a cobbler to have a Union Minister as his customer is probably asking too much, even a dream!

But as luck would have it, this cobbler did get a chance to mend Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani's footwear.

The minister, who arrived in Coimbatore to take part in an event organised by Isha Foundation, to her dismay realised that the strap of her footwear gave way just as she got off the flight.

Irani voiced her plight to BJP Tamil Nadu General Secretary Vanathi Srinivasan, who had gone to the airport to receive the minister.

The duo left by road, when the minister, it is learnt spotted a cobbler near Perur and decided to have her footwear stitched. She got off the vehicle and showed the broken strap of the footwear to the cobbler.

The cobbler, who initially was apprehensive, quickly got down to do the job after Srinivasan reassured him and explained the urgency.

It is learnt that the minister gave him a Rs 100 note, but the repair cost was a mere Rs 10 and the cobbler did not have the change.

She then asked him to put two additional stitches and keep the change, which is when the TN BJP General Secretary seems to have explained to the minister about the shortage of smaller denomination currency - even of Rs 10, Rs 20 and Rs 50 in this region...

No sooner had the minister taken a seat at the cobbler's shop, the visit went viral on social media.

Published on November 26, 2016

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