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Sunny Deol joins BJP, likely to contest Gurdaspur against Jakhar

New Delhi, April 23, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, son of veteran actor and former BJP MP Dharmendra, on Tuesday joined the BJP, showering praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a specially convened press conference Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goel welcomed Sunny Deol into the party fold and hailed his contribution to Bollywood. They also made a special mention about his association with the party.

He is likely to be party’s candidate from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency in Punjab. The party is yet to declare candidates for Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur seats in Punjab.

The announcement regarding his candidature is likely to come anytime and if fielded from Gurdaspur he would be taking on Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar who had won the seat defeating BJP’s Swaran Salaria after the death of cine star Vinod Khanna

This was in the air that he could be fielded from Amritsar or Gurdaspur in Punjab but the party has already announced Union Minister Hardeep Puri as its candidate from Amritsar.

The third from the family to join politics and the BJP, after Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini, Deol is best known his roles in action and patriotic films including “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” and “Border”.

“The way my father joined politics and this family during the time of Atalji, today I am here to join (Narendra) Modiji,” Deol told the media here.

“He (Modi) has done so much for the country. I want that he should remain the Prime Minister for the next five years because we want to develop (as a country). Our youth needs people like Modi. I will do whatever I can with all my heart for this family (BJP),” the actor said.

The 62-year-old actor was welcomed into the party by Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, days after he met BJP President Amit Shah.

Later in a tweet, he thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders for the warm welcome.

Sources in the BJP say that Deol may get a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur in Punjab that was earlier represented by actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna.

After Vinod Khanna’s death in 2017, the Congress won the by-election in 2017.

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