Actor and former BJP member of parliament Dharmendra, on Sunday said he would not have allowed his son Sunny Deol to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Punjab’s Gurdaspur if had he known that his son was contesting against the Congress’s Sunil Jakhar, the sitting lawmaker from the constituency.
Speaking to news agency ANI, the 83 year old actor said “Balram Jakhar was like my brother. Had I known his son Sunil Jakhar was contesting from Gurdaspur, I would have not allowed Sunny (to contest against him)… Sunny cannot debate with him as he (Sunil) is an experienced politician and even his father was a very experienced politician, but we come from the film industry. Moreover, we are not here to debate but to listen to the plight of people as we love this land”
Sunny Deol, 62 year old was declared the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur couple of days after he joined the ruling government last month. His step mother Hema Malini was seeking a re-election from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura constituency, again from a BJP ticket.
Dharmendra who flew down to Gurdaspur to campaign for his son said that his son, a political novice, “cannot debate” with an experienced politician like Sunil Jakhar. Sunny Deol who is new to politics said, “I do not know much about issues like Balakot strikes or India’s relations with Pakistan. I am here to serve people; if I win maybe I will have an opinion, right now I don’t.”
Punjab votes on May 19 in the last phase of national elections.
Gurdaspur was a traditional stronghold of the BJP — and voted for the BJP in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014 national elections.
Source : Various