New Delhi: Actor Sunny Deol was on Tuesday fielded by the BJP as its candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab hours after he joined the party, while sitting MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher was renominated from the Union Territory. The party has nominated Som Prakash as its candidate from Hoshiarpur in Punjab in place of Union Minister Vijay Sampla.
With the announcement of these three candidates, the party has declared its nominees for 437 seats, the highest number of Lok Sabha constituencies it has contested so far. Sunny Deol, 62, who has played the lead role in blockbusters such as ‘Ghayal’, ‘Gadar’ and ‘Border’ joined the BJP on Tuesday in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
The development came days after he met BJP president Amit Shah in Pune. “The way my father (film star Dharmendra) was attached with Atalji, today I have come to join Modiji. Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it…. I won’t talk, I will show you through my work,” Deol said while addressing the media at the Bharatiya Janata Party office here.
Deol is the second member of the family after his step mother Hema Malini, the BJP candidate renominated from Mathura, to be given ticket by the party in this election. His father Dharmendra was BJP MP from Bikaner in 2004.
Deol will take on Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur, which was in the past represented by the late actor Vinod Khanna from the BJP.
Welcoming Deol into the party, Sitharaman said,”The moment we got to know that he is coming to the party, I can only relate to the film Border he had made, post which the impact on the Indian audience of such a theme was really proven…. “The feeling of nationalism and patriotism, when so beautifully evoked through a film, can really touch the core of Indian citizen.” Deol understands the pulse of people and “is inspired by the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is serving the cause of the people, and keeping India’s glory high,” she said.
He is an artiste of eminence who make films beyond commercial considerations on the themes that are important for the country, Sitharaman said. The party has announced candidates for 437 seats out of 545 so far. In 2014, it had contested 428 seats. The BJP had contested 433 seats 2009, 364 in 2004 and 339 in 1999.