Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined hands with the ruling BJP after a meeting with the Party President Amit Shah on Tuesday. The actor will likely be the Candidate from Gurdaspur in Punjab.
Deol revealed in his speech, saying, “Like my father joined Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I have decided to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I want PM Modi for the next five years.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also made a reference to his 1997 film Border while welcoming him to the party.
Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Sunny Deol made the film Border which showed how the feeling of nationalism and patriotism when portrayed beautifully on film can touch a chord with the people.”
Union Minister Piyush Goyal further added, “It cannot be acting when it comes from the heart.” Interestingly the actor’s last film Mohalla Assi was shot in PM Modi’s Varanasi constituency. His character in the film was shown to be a volunteer for the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Interestingly, When rumours started doing afloat that Sunny Deol will be joining politics, he did not commit to the fact and said, “I heard about the rumours that I am joining politics. I just met him (Amit Shah) and we took a photograph, that’s it.”
Before Sunny Deol, his father Dharmendra had also joined the political sphere. Dharmendra had begun his political career around 10 years ago when he contested the 2004 National Election from Rajasthan’s Bikaner on a BJP ticket and eventually won it.
Sunny Deol recently opened up about the MeToo movement after his earlier remarks about the movement was termed as irresponsible. He said, “I am a guy who would say when I was doing films, my sister comes and tells me, “that guy inappropriately touched me”, I would tell her, “let me rip apart his arm.” That time everybody said so gross, how can you do it. I said, if anybody touches my sister, I’ll rip their arm apart. That’s what we believe in so what is wrong is wrong. That’s what my basic question is, my answer is that.