After casting her vote in Mumbai, Union Minister Smriti Irani introduced ‘Khanna ji’ to people. Introducing the 93-year-old man, she appealed to people to step out and participate in the voting being held in Maharashtra. After casting her vote, Irani had an interaction with Khanna ji, who also served in the Indian Army. He sent out a message that there should be no excuses for people to not exercise their right to vote. “Today’s hero is Khanna-ji…” Irani told ANI, referring to the elderly man who was standing right next to her. She was also taken aback, when the 93-year-old bent down and touched her feet. “Khanna-ji is 93. He has served in the Indian Army. And I think that this is our pride and joy. The fact that at 93, he comes out and gives his vote. It is an inspiration, especially for those who are sitting at home. I request people to come out and vote. If at 93, he can vote, who is stopping you?” the MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi told ANI. Union Minister Smriti Irani after casting her vote: Today’s hero is Khanna ji (man standing next to her),he had served in Army. He is 93 & came out to vote. It is an inspiration,request people to come out and vote,if at 93 he can vote,who is stopping you?#MaharashtraAssemblyPolls https://t.co/56MkPFUeuk pic.twitter.com/Cy1x8Ioofu — ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2019 In Maharashtra, there was 43.77% voter turnout till 4:00 pm. Polling for 288 constituencies of Maharashtra began at 7:00 am and will continue until 6:00 pm in the evening. But there was a low turnout and that is why political leaders appealed to people to step out and vote. Leaders like Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal, Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule and Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawat, appealed people to vote.