Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Sunday, April 28) said the BJP is rooting for Bollywood actor Sunny Deol’s victory from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency in Punjab.
“What struck me about @iamsunnydeol is his humility and deep passion for a better India. Happy to have met him today. We are all rooting for his victory in Gurdaspur!” Modi tweeted after a meeting with Deol.
“We both agree: Hindustan Jindabad tha, aur rahega,” Modi added, quoting the actor’s famous dialogue from the movie ‘Gadar-Ek Prem Katha’.
Sunny Deol joined the BJP on April 23 and was nominated as the party’s candidate from Gurdaspur.
Speaking on his political debut, Deol had said that he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took the political plunge as he wanted to make a difference in public life, and would rather have his work speak for himself.
“The way my father (film star Dharmendra) was attached with Atal ji, today I have come to join Modi ji,” Deol had said, while addressing the media.
“Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it….I won’t talk, I will show you through my work,” Deol added.
On the other hand, BJP’s decision of fielding Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency is not taken well by the wife of Late actor Vinod Khanna, Kavita Khanna.
Kavita Khanna, wife of late Union Minister and Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna, on Saturday expressed her dismay over the BJP’s decision to field actor Sunny Deol from the constituency after purportedly promising to allot the seat to her, PTI reported. But Kavita Khanna said she will still support Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls despite having been “approached by many other parties”.
Vinod Khanna won the Gurdaspur seat four times – in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014. He died in 2017 leaving the seat vacant. Congress MP Sunil Jakhar won the seat in the bye-poll that was held subsequently.
Kavita Khanna refuted queries about contesting the polls as an Independent candidate. “I felt abandoned and rejected,” she told reporters. “I was made to feel absolutely insignificant. Nobody from the party called me to say there is another candidate. I was in Delhi when he [Deol] joined. I would have gone had they called. I have been approached by many other parties,” she said addressing the media.