Veteran Bollywood actor and former BJP MP, Dharmendra, has said that had he known about the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur he would not have allowed his son Sunny Deol to contest against him in Punjab.
83-year-old Dharmendra told news agency ANI, “Balram Jakhar was like my brother. Had I known his son Sunil Jakhar was contesting from Gurdaspur, I would have not allowed Sunny.”
Sunny Deol had joined the BJP last month before the saffron party announced him as its candidate from Gurdaspur, a seat that was won by the late Vinod Khanna in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Khanna, also a veteran Bollywood actor, had died in 2017.
Sunny Deol is the third member of the family to contest on a BJP ticket after both Dharmendra and his wife Hema Malini successfully represented the party in the parliament. Hema Malini is seeking another term from Mathura in this year’s polls.
Last week, Sunny was in the news after he sensationally confessed to not having any knowledge about the Balakot air strikes. In the viral video, Sunny Deol was asked if the Balakot airstrikes will help the country to stay united. The famous actor replied, “Which strikes?” When the reporter tried to explain to him, Sunny folded his hands and made a public confession, “See I don’t have knowledge of these things. I have come here to contest elections. When I win from here, I will be able to discuss many things with you then.”
Gurdaspur goes to polls on 19 May along with the rest of Punjab. The counting is scheduled for 23 May.