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‘Wouldn’t have allowed Sunny to contest, had I known...’: Dharmendra on son’s Gurdaspur battle


‘Wouldn’t have allowed Sunny to contest, had I known...’: Dharmendra on son’s Gurdaspur battle

Tribune Web Desk 
Chandigarh, May 13 

Veteran actor and former BJP leader Dharmendra arrived in Gurdaspur on Friday to campaign for his son Sunny Deol for Lok Sabha elections, where he told the reporters that he would not have allowed Deol to contest, had he known he was up against Congress MP Sunil Jakhar.

"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)," Dharmendra told media.

Dharmendra explained that since Sunny comes from the film industry, he cannot debate with an experienced politician like Jakhar.

"He (Sunil) is also like my son I had a very strong and good relationship with his father Balram Jhakhar. 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," said Dharmendra.

The 83-year-old veteran revealed that he got very emotional, when he saw people supporting his son during his first roadshow held after filing nomination papers for the Gurdaspur seat.

"I was watching the roadshow from Mumbai and there was a big crowd. I got emotional. I know people love us but I was surprised by seeing so much love," he said

Sunil is the incumbent parliamentarian from Gurdaspur. He won the seat in the 2017 bye-elections after the death of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna. The constituency is a BJP stronghold and was first won by Khanna in 1998.

Polling will be held in Gurdaspur on May 19 in the seventh and last phase of the elections. Results for all seven phases will be declared on May 23.

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