Sunny Deol, Hema Malini and Kirron Kher won big at the Lok Sabha elections.The two big losses this election were Shatrughan Sinha and Urmila Matondkar both of whom made the mistake of joining the Congress I at a time when the BJP wave was its highest ebb.
Shatrughan Sinha refuses to see his floor-crossing as a mistake. “I did what was right for me. I could not continue to function within a party that didn’t respect me. I’ve no regrets about the losing. Haarna jeetna toh chalta hi rahta hai. I’ll continue to toil for the betterment of the people of Bihar.”
Shatrughan Sinha’s friend colleague and former BJP ally Hema Malini has double reason to celebrate. Her stepson Sunny Deol has also won big on a BJP ticket. “We are very happy. Dharamji just can’t hold back his tears of joy. I can’t take this win for granted. I’ve promised the electorate in my constituency Mathura many major developments in the holy city. I intend to fulfill my promises in the next five years because I am not coming back to contest elections.”
Kirron Kherr who retained her seat from Chandigarh is a hundred percent sure that she won on the strength of the Modi wave sweeping across India. “But it’s also her hard work,” praises her supportive husband Anupam Kher who campaigned for Kirron. “There are other husbands who campaigned for their wives, and they lost. So it’s got nothing to with my support. The Indian electorate is clever. It knows what it wants. Indians are now no more star-struck gullible folks voting for their favourite stars. Bollywood actors may attract big crowds during campaigning. But it doesn’t mean they will vote for actors just because they came to gawk at them at political rallies.Good work is what gets you vote.”
Shabana Azmi and Swara Bhaskar had travelled all the way to Bihar’s backwaters in Begusarai in support of Kanhaiya Kumar. But he lost miserably. Says Shabana Azmi, “The people of India have given a decisive victory to Narendra Modi and we have to respect that. The next five years are crucial in holding the government accountable for their election promise - Sabka saath sabka vikaas. If we want our country to be a world leader it is imperative that we work towards a vibrant inclusivist India where employment is generated for our youth,the interests of farmers safeguarded and a robust economy prevails.”
Ravi Kissan who won a massive victory from Gorakhpur says he owes it to Narendra Modi. “All of us from the entertainment industry who have won the elections have done so by riding the Modi wave. He is a true rock star. Gorakhpur is my home. I will give my life to it.”
All the winning candidates are very serious about setting aside their film careers to serve their constituency.
Sunny Deol who is the biggest Bollywood victor would now be travelling frequently to his constituency Gurdaspur. The victory comes at an opportune time when all his films including the latest release Blank drew a blank at the boxoffice.
Perhaps Urmila Matondkar too hoped to retrieve lost glory on a different platform. But God had other plans.