The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has filed a complaint against Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruti Haasan, accusing her of trespassing into a polling booth where she was accompanying her father for booth visit in Coimbatore South.
Kamal Haasan, after casting his vote in Chennai with his daughters Shruti and Akshara, headed straight to Coimbatore South, from where he is contesting the Tamil Nadu assembly election.
Kamal Haasan was visiting polling booths on 6 April to take stock of the voting. Later he raised a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP, accusing the party of promising to distribute money among voters on winning the Tamil Nadu polls.
BJP district president Nandakumar on behalf of his party’s national women’s wing leader Vanathi Srinivasan, who is the candidate from Coimbatore South constituency, wrote to the district election officer demanding that criminal action be taken against actress Sruthi Haasan for visiting the polling booths.
BJP has said there is a rule that no one should go to the polling booths except the booth agents.
Haasan arrived with his daughters Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan early morning at a government school in Chennai’s Eldams Road to cast his vote. He then left for Coimbatore to visit different polling stations.
Polling in 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu on 6 April went off peacefully barring minor scuffles among cadres and glitches in electronic voting machines in some parts of the state. The state recorded 71.79% voter turnout at the end of 12-hour polling amid the Covid pandemic. Kallakurichi district topped the list with a voter turnout of 78%, followed by Namakkal (77.91%) and Ariyalur (77.88%). Chennai trailed with 59.4% turnout.
Shruti Haasan is an actress and singer who works predominantly in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi-language films. She is the daughter of Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. Shruti began her career as a music director with her father’s production Unnaipol Oruvan (2009) and has since formed her own music band.