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Smriti readies for poll battle in Delhi

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MUMBAI: Popular TV serial actor Smriti Z Iraani aka Tulsi of Balaji Telefilms' flagship show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi will be the BJP candidate in Delhi's Chandni Chowk constitutency and will contest Kapil Sibal of the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

PTI reports say Iraani's name has been approved by BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu.

Confirming the same to indiantelevision.com, Iraani said that she received the confirmation from the party head office early this morning. "I had no two minds while saying yes. Ever since I put my first foot forward in this field, I have been committed and will continue to do so."

Iraani joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January this year, and has been one of the party's earliest prize celebrity catches. She was appointed vice president of the party's youth wing for a tenure of three years.

Iraani sounded tremendously upbeat and said that she would give a run for Sibal a run for his money. "Expect a tough fight from my side," she said, adding, "The campaigning will be very fair and the BJP will not resort to any gimmicks."

With her political career graph on the rise, what would she do if she won? Stay in Delhi? What would happen to her acting career? Iraani agreed that this was not an easy job because it would require her to serve the people of her constituency, but said she was confident that everything would fall in place when the time comes. "I can assure you of that," she promised.

"There were only three tickets left when I was chosen and I am happy that the BJP has chosen me to serve from Delhi where I spent 22 years of my life," concluded the 28-year old Iraani.

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