Chandigarh: Under fire over the appointment of a "representative" to stand in for him in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, Bollywood actor and MP Sunny Deol Tuesday said a controversy is being created out of nothing.
Breaking his silence on the issue, he said the appointment was made to "ensure smooth flow of work" whenever he was "out of Gurdaspur". The first-time MP added that it was "extremely unfortunate to see a controversy being created out of nothing at all".
Deol had appointed Gurpreet Singh Palheri, a writer, as his representative to "attend meetings and follow important matters", a move widely criticised by the ruling Congress which termed it "betrayal" of the voters' mandate.
"I have appointed my PA (Personal Assistant) to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling for work," Deol tweeted on Tuesday.
He said the intention behind such an appointment was "to merely ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on daily basis".
"We have our entire party leadership in the constituency to look into matters and have my full support and vice versa. I, as an elected Member of Parliament, am genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur and will do my best to ensure that I serve my people to the best of my capacity," the actor-politician wrote on his Twitter handle.