Bollywood actor Sunny Deol lent more star power to the BJP when the Bollywood actor joined the saffron party on Tuesday. The actor in a short speech said:- “Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years.”
Deol, whose step-mother Hema Malini is also a BJP leader and is contesting from Mathura, joined the BJP in the presence of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Deol, who has acted in dozens of Bollywood blockbusters including JP Dutta’s recreation of the Longhewalla battle of 1971 in acclaimed movie “Border” said, after joining the party that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should get a second term.
The BJP, which has an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, is fighting three of the 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab: Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur.
Gurdaspur was the constituency of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who died in 2017. There was a buzz for some time that the BJP may field his wife Kavita Khanna or son Akshaye Khanna from there.
Sunny Deol, 62, is best known for his action hero roles in films like “Ghayal“, “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha“, “Damini” and “Border“.
He is the third Deol to join politics – and the BJP – after Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini, also veteran actors.
Dharmendra had a brief stint in politics about 10 years ago, when he contested the 2004 national election from Rajasthan’s Bikaner on a BJP ticket and won. Hema Malini is fighting for re-election from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura.
Punjab will vote in a single phase, on May 19, the last day of the seven-phased national election.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 are being held in seven phases. The results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 will be announced on May 23. Voting in the first phase was conducted on April 11. The seven phases will cover a total of 543 constituencies.
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