Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol, the BJP candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency in Punjab. Taking to twitter, Modi appreciated Deol's "humility and deep sense of passion for a better India" while posting a picture with the latter. The tweet also includes a famous dialogue from Deol's 2001 period action drama film Gadar - 'Hindustan Zindabad Tha, Hai, Aur Rahega'.
"What struck me about Sunny Deol is his humility and deep passion for a better India. Happy to have met him today. We are all rooting for his victory in Gurdaspur. Hindustan Zindabad Tha, Hai, Aur Rahega," Modi captioned the photo where the two can be seen smiling and shaking hands with each other.
While Modi was wearing a yellow kurta along with a matching saffron-white scarf, Deol is seen donning a white shirt and blue denim jeans in the picture.
What struck me about @iamsunnydeol is his humility and deep passion for a better India.â€” Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2019
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Sunny Deol, 62, who has played the lead role in blockbusters such as 'Ghayal', 'Gadar' and 'Border', joined the BJP on Tuesday in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Hours after his induction into the party, he was fielded as its candidate from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.
After his step mother Hema Malini re-nominated from Uttar Pradesh's Mathura Lok Sabha seat, Deol is the second member from the family to be given ticket by the BJP in General Elections 2019. His father Dharmendra was BJP MP from Bikaner in 2004.
Deol is pitted against Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur, which was in the past represented by the late actor Vinod Khanna from the BJP.
Elections to 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab is scheduled to be held in a single phase on May 19. The counting of votes for seven-phase General Elections from April 11 to May 19 will be taken up on May 23.