Celebrities have taken an active political and social stand in 2019 right before the elections. We have seen singers, actors and artists not just urging people to vote and exercise their right but they have also chosen their sides by endorsing certain parties.
Sunny Deol who is gearing up for the release of ‘Blank’ recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor announced the news in presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, days after he met BJP president Amit Shah at Pune airport.
“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.
BJP also fielded former cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the East Delhi constituency. Gambhir replaced Maheish Girri as the party’s candidate and will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of Congress and Atishi of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). East Delhi MP Maheish Girri wished him luck for the contest, and said he will join Gambhir in his nomination rally.
Celebrity hairstylist Jawed Habib, on April 23rd, joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi, stating that he had now been promoted to the post of ‘chowkidar’ of the nation. “Aaj tak main bus baalon ka chowkidaar tha, aaj main desh ka ho gya hoon (Till today I was just chowkidar for hair, now I have become the chowkidar of the nation),” Jawed said talking to reporters.
Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar joined BJP in Jan 2019, she has been given the charge of Women Transport Wing as its working president. Koppikar’s appointment comes a day after a BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya took a jibe at Congress saying, “They want to contest the coming elections by banking on chocolatey faces.”
Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee joined the BJP here in Jan 2019. The 70-year-old actor joined the party in the presence of senior leaders including BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in-charge for West Bengal. The actress had fought the 2004 Lok Sabha on the Congress ticket from Kolkata north-east seat, but lost.
Hansraj Hans who left Congress party and joined BJP in 2016. He was named one of the seven BJP candidates for Delhi in April 2019. The sufi singer has replaced Udit Raj, for North West Delhi. Earlier he unsuccessfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Jalandhar on a Shiromani Akali Dal ticket.