Is Sunny Deol BJP's candidate from Amritsar in Lok Sabha polls?
Bollywood star Sunny Deol is likely to contest from Punjab's Amritsar on the Bharatiya Janata Party's ticket (BJP) in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, according to reports. Reports are rife that the 'Ghayal' star may join the party amid speculations after BJP president Amit Shah's meeting with Deol at Pune Airport on Friday evening. The meeting lasted for five minutes at the airport lounge, according to news agency ANI.
According to NDTV, the meeting came as the BJP is yet to announce candidates for three seats in Punjab for the elections. "I heard about it (rumours about joining politics). I just met him (Amit Shah) and we took a photograph, that's it," Sunny Deol told NDTV.
The New Indian Express had earlier reported that for the neighbouring Gurdaspur seat, the names of actor Akshay Khanna and his mother Kavita Khanna, both the kin of late actor and former MP Vinod Khanna, are in the reckoning.
The NDTv For Amritsar, the BJP had also contemplated the names of actor Poonam Dhillon and Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina. Poonam Dhillon was appointed as the vice president of the BJP's Mumbai unit last year.
Deol, son of veteran actor Dharmendra, is a step son of Hema Malini who is a BJP MP from the Mathur. The BJP has formed an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab and is contesting on of the 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab: Amritsar, Gurdaspur, and Hoshiarpur.
Punjab will to go to polls on May 19. The results of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will be announced on May 23.