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Dhai kilo ka haath BJP ke saath? Sunny Deol may fight from Amritsar on a BJP ticket

April 21, 2019 05:09 AM

COURTESY MIRROR APRIL 21

Dhai kilo ka haath BJP ke saath?
Sunny Deol may fight from Amritsar on a BJP ticket
Actor meets BJP prez amid speculation over his imminent entry into politics
Makarand Gadgil@timesgroup.com
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BJP president Amit Shah met Sunny Deol in Pune on Friday, amid speculation that the party could field the Bollywood actor from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat. The meeting took place at Pune Airport and lasted around 15 minutes. A spokesperson for Deol confirmed the meeting but said: “Nothing has been decided about Deol’s entry into politics or if he will contest on a BJP ticket from Amritsar.”

“My job was to arrange the meeting, which I did. The rest is up to the party and Deol,” a senior BJP leader from Maharashtra said on condition of anonymity.


Deol, 62, is best known for action hero roles in films such as Ghayal, Ghatak, Border and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha.

His father, well-known Bollywood actor Dharmendra, had a brief stint in politics when he successfully contested Lok Sabha polls from Bikaner, Rajasthan, in 2004.

In Punjab the BJP is relying heavily on star power. It is considering the names of former Gurdaspur MP late Vinod Khanna’s second wife, Kavita Khanna, or his son and actor, Akshay Khanna.

Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu won the Amritsar seat for the BJP in 2004 and 2009. In 2014 the BJP nominated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from Amritsar, who lost to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The BJP, which has an alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal, is fighting three of the 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab – Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur, but is yet to announce any candidates.

Punjab is going to polls in the last phase of the election on May 19

 
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