Sunny Deol Enters Politics; Joins BJP
Sunny Deol, known for his patriotic films, has joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and may even contest elections
Sunny Deol has joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is likely to contest elections in the ongoing Loksabha polls. Just a few days earlier, he had met with party president Amit Shah at the airport and confirmed that he had made up his mind to join politics. He is likely to be the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur in Punjab.
"Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years," said the actor in a short speech, flanked by two union ministers at the BJP office in Delhi.
Welcoming him to the party, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman referred to his blockbuster 1997 movie Border based on an episode from the India-Pakistan of 1971.
"Sunny Deol made the film Border which showed how the feeling of nationalism and patriotism when portrayed beautifully on film can touch a chord with the people," Ms. Sitharaman said, linking the brand new BJP recruit to the party's top election pitch of national security and its strong stand against terror.
"It cannot be acting when it comes from the heart," added Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
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, reports NDTV.
With Sunny Deol formally entering politics, the number of film stars entering the political arena has increased. Some time back, his Dillagi co-star Urmila Matondkar too entered the fray, joining the Congress Party. She will contest polls from Mumbai.