GURDASPUR: India film actor, producer, and politician Dharmendra on Sunday said that he would have forbade his son Sunny Deol to contest the national elections from Punjab's Gurdaspur had he known who his opposition is - Congress's Sunil Jakhar, the sitting lawmaker from the constituency.
"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)," the 83-year-old veteran told.
Sunny Deol, 62, was announced as the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur, a few days after he joined the party last month. He is the third member of the family to take a dive into the pool of politics after his stepmother, Hema Malini, who is fighting for re-election from Uttar Pradesh's Mathura.
Dharmendra, who was in Gurdaspur to campaign for his son, remarked strongly that his son, cannot debate with an experienced politician like Sunil Jakhar. "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," the legend added.
Last week, Sunny Deol had openly acknowledged and accepted that he is new in this business. "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," Ajay Singh Deol disclosed publically.
The Sholay actor and Padma Bhushan award winner on Sunday said "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.
Gurdaspur has traditionally been a BJP stronghold. Presently, the big watch out will be the fight between Sunny Deol and Sunil Jakhar to see who wins the election in Gurdaspur.